Warbird Workshop (2021): S02E04 – Morane Saulnier MS317 Fighter/US Navy N3N Biplane


Documentary series following the work of dedicated engineers, enthusiasts and aviators striving to restore vintage aeroplanes.


Veteran engineer Gary Cooper rebuilds two pre-war biplanes with glorious histories.

Veteran pilot Gerald Cooper has spent 20,000 hours in the air, shipping rockets to Africa, crop-dusting locusts in the Sudan and surveying burning Kuwaiti oil wells in the middle of the Gulf War. Now, aged 79 with numerous engine failures and one major crash behind him, he is embarking on his biggest job yet: putting two pre-war planes back in the air from his hangar in Lincolnshire.

The MS315 is a 1930s French monoplane that only survived the German occupation because its pilots hid it in a barn. Then it crashed on a beach in Devon four years ago. Repairing it is a labour of love for Gerald and his wife Jenny because it was originally restored by their daughter Susan who died of cancer recently in her 30s.

Warbird Workshop Series

You can find a full index and overview of Warbird Workshop here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 13 May 2021.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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