Morane-Saulnier MS-406, HB-RCF
The MS 406, a French fighter aircraft designed in 1935, was the backbone of the Armée de l’Air during the Battle of France, alongside the Dewoitine D-520, Bloch 152 and Curtiss H-75 Hawk.
This aircraft is the only flying survivor of the type.
The Morane 406 were built under license in Switzerland between 1940 and 1948, under the name D-3801.
After a total rebuild in Switzerland at Max Vogelsang’s workshop, it flew again on 9 June 2020 at Stans, in central Switzerland.
Bought by the Association Morane Charlie Fox, HB-RCF arrived at Bex on 26th April 2005, piloted by Daniel Koblet.
In 2009, after 1000 hours of maintenance and improvement work by Daniel Koblet within his Mobile Air Service SA workshop, with the financial support of Eric Chardonnens, the Morane is presented with its new paint scheme.
In 2013, the aircraft is painted in its present color scheme to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Swiss air force.
Daniel Koblet, excellent pilot, in addition of being a wonderful mechanic, displayed HB-RCF throughout Europe, until his untimely death in January 2020, after a sudden illness.
During AIR LEGEND 2020, the Morane 406 will be displayed by Laurent Calame, great friend and spiritual son of Daniel.