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34/133-CG Morane-Saulnier MS.760 Paris IR c/n 34 - French Air Force - Groningen Airport Eelde in Holland - 7 September 1996 Groningen Airport Eelde (GRQ)

The Morane-Saulnier MS.760A Paris IR is a four-seat military high-speed communications aircraft and advanced trainer. The prototype of the original design, the side-by-side 2-seater MS.755 Fleuret already flew first on 29 January 1953. Evolved for the French services as a four-seat liaison and communications aircraft out of the MS.755 Fleuret, the first prototype Fleuret II or MS.760-01 Paris flew on 29 July 1954, powered by a pair of Turboméca Marboré II turbojets. After the French government ordered 50 aircraft for the Air Force and Navy on 18 July 1956, the first production M.S.760A Paris flew on 27 February 1958. Fitted with tip tanks, this type was delivered as the Paris IR to the Armée de l'Air and the Aeronavale. The MS-760B Paris II with various systems improvements and integral fuel tanks in wing leading edges, flew first on 12 December 1960. Two Turbomeca Marbore VI turbojet engines power the Paris II. The MS 760C Paris III, a five-seat development of the M.S.760 with a re-designed fully integral cabin and enlarged wings was flown first on 28 February 1964. A total of 109 MS.760A Paris I, 10 MS.760B Paris II and 1 MS.760C Paris III were built.

The 1959-built MS-760 Paris IR "34" was one of 36 delivered to the French Air Force. When the KLS celebrated in September 1996, all types of aircraft that the KLM Luchtvaartschool and the Rijksluchtvaartschool operated over the past 50 years were invited. Between 1964 and 1976, seven Morane-Saulnier MS.760B.GFS Paris II jet trainers were operated by the RLS. The French Air Force came in with Morane-Salnier MS.760 Paris IR 34 /133-CG. The twin-jet was photographed at the ramp between the KLS hangars at Groningen Airport Eelde in the Netherlands.

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