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ANF Les Mureaux (Series)

France (1933)
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The ANF Les Mureaux formed the principle observation aircraft of French armed forces through the inter-war years leading up to World War 2.


Detailing the development and operational history of the ANF Les Mureaux (Series) Light Observation Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 5/21/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The ANF les Mureaux series of light observation aircraft first appeared during the inter-war years between World War 1 and World War 2, specifically in the late 1920's and developed further into the 1930's. The Mureaux served as an important air arm to French military forces as a rugged "eye-in-the-sky" platform, performing forward reconnaissance operations from the roughest of airfields in the most unforgiving of conditions. At the start of World War 2, the system was wholly outclassed compared to German offerings though some 100 were still in operational service - performing valiantly, albeit hopelessly, in the defense of France.

The design of the Mureaux was of a utilitarian form featuring a simple fixed undercarriage, a high-mounted monoplane wing assembly supported by struts and seating for two persons - the pilot and his observer. With a mix of armament options available, the Mureaux served in both the reconnaissance, night-fighting and light bombing role where her design could showcase up to 600 miles of flight distance at altitudes upwards of 30,000 feet in the role. At the height of its usage, the Mureaux series formed a large part of French military operations leading up to World War 2.

By the time of the German invasion of France in 1940, the Mureaux series was already on its way out. The system was eventually replaced by the more capable Potez 63.11 series aircraft in the same role. The definitive variants in the Mureaux series became the Mureaux 115 and the Mureaux 117 designs while some were interestingly converted to "rough-shot" night-fighting platforms during the height of the German attack - such was the desperation on the part of French defense forces.

A Mureaux 115 model was the first French aircraft destroyed by the Luftwaffe at the beginning of the German invasion and some 100 of the type were in operational service at the time.

Any available statistics for the ANF Les Mureaux (Series) Light Observation Aircraft are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 300mph
Lo: 150mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (211mph).

    Graph average of 225 miles-per-hour.
City-to-City Ranges
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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285


  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: France
Year: 1933
Type: Light Observation Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): ANF - France
Production: 285
Status: Retired, Out-of-Service
Global Operators:
France
Historical Commitments / Honors:

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Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the ANF Les Mureaux (Series) model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
2


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
33.40 ft


Meters
10.18 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
50.52 ft


Meters
15.4 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
11.29 ft


Meters
3.44 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
8,541 lb


Kilograms
3,874 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
7,606 lb


Kilograms
3,450 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Hispano-Suiza 12Ycrs 12-cylinder, liquid-cooled V-type engine developing 860 horsepower.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
211 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
340 kph


Knots
184 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
621 mi


Kilometers
1,000 km


Nautical Miles
540 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
32,808 ft


Meters
10,000 m


Miles
6.21 mi

Supported Weapon Systems:

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Armament - Hardpoints (2):

STANDARD:
1 x 20mm Hispano-Suiza HS.9 cannon synchronized to fire through the propeller.
2 x 7.5mm MAC 34 machine guns in fixed, forward-firing mounts.
2 x 7.5mm MAC 34 machine guns on trainable mount in rear cockpit.

OPTIONAL:
Up to 440lbs of external ordnance.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• R.2 - Original Designation; reconnaissance design.
• Mureaux 110 - Evaluation version; fitting 1 x Hispano-Suiza 12Nb engine; two examples constructed.
• Mureaux 110A-2 - Evaluation version; fitting 1 x Hispano-Suiza 12Nb engine; single example constructed.
• Mureaux 111 - Evaluation version; fitted with Hispano-Suiza 12Nb engine; single example produced.
• Mureaux 112 R2 - 110-series evaluation models fitted with 1 x Hispano-Suiza 12Ybrs engine.
• Mureaux 112 GR - Specialized competition aeroplane; single example.
• Mureaux 113 R2 - Initial Mass Production Model; appearing in 1933; 49 examples produced.
• Mureaux 113 CN - Night-fighter production model; conversions from existing 113 models.
• Mureaux 113 GR - Specialized competition aeroplane; fitted with 1 x supercharged Hispnao-Suiza 12Ybrs series engine; single example produced.
• Mureaux 114 CN - Prototype night-fighter; single example.
• Mureaux 115 R2B2 - Appearing in 1935; provision for light bombs; fitted with 1 x Hispano-Suiza 12Ycrs engine; 119 examples produced.
• Mureaux 115 R2 - Fitted with 1 x Hispano-Suiza 12Yers engine of 850 horsepower.
• Mureaux 117 R2B2 - Appearing in late 1935; provision for light bombs; revised airframe; fitted with 1 x Hispano-Suiza 12Ybrs engine; 115 examples produced.
• Mureaux 119 - One-off example for altitude record fitted with 1 x Hispano-Suiza 12Ybrs engine.
• Mureaux 200A.3 - Prototype reconnaissance model; fitted with 1 x Hispano-Suiza 12Ycrs engine.