Six years and more than 15,000 volunteer hours went into the construction a flyable replica of the World War I-era Morane-Saulnier Type L âParasolâ before the plane made its U.S. debut at this yearâs AirVenture. The project was a joint venture between the Association HÃ©ritage Avions Morane-Saulnier and French aircraft manufacturer Daher.
The lovely little aircraft was scheduled to return to France once the show was over, but Oshkosh couldnât bear to see it go. Instead, the EAA Foundation asked if the Parasol could stay and become part of the EAA Aviation Museum collection. The Association HÃ©ritage Avions Morane-Saulnier graciously agreed to the request and donated the plane to the museum.
For the moment, the aircraft is on display at Pioneer Airport. It will eventually be heading to the main museum building, where it will keep company with the also airworthy Wright Flyer replica near the museumâs entrance. As for the Association HÃ©ritage Avions Morane-Saulnier, they wonât be without a Type L for long. Daher has offered to sponsor construction of a second replica.
Learn more at the EAA Museum and Daher.