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| ENGINE||1 x 320hp Wright-Hispano H-3|
| Take-off weight||1152 kg||2540 lb|
| Empty weight||778 kg||1715 lb|
| Wingspan||7.92 m||26 ft 0 in|
| Length||6.10 m||20 ft 0 in|
| Height||2.59 m||9 ft 6 in|
| Wing area||21.32 m2||229.49 sq ft|
| Max. speed||225 km/h||140 mph|
| Cruise speed||205 km/h||127 mph|
| Ceiling||7220 m||23700 ft|
| Rate of climb||376 m/min||1250 ft/min|
| ARMAMENT||1 x 7.62mm, 1 x 12.7mm|
|Barry, 30.03.2016 14:16|
This aircraft was designed by British born designer
B Douglas Thomas following a request from the United States Army Air Service for a replacement for their First World War vintage Spad XIII. An initial 50 were produced and with a further requirement for another 200 designated as MB3A Thomas Morse were sure they had the contract in the bag only to be underbid by Boeing who were on their knees after cancellation of war contracts. They were very much more geared up for large production runs and it is fair to say that this contract did keep them "alive". Thomas Morse did however, get a contract from the Marine Corps for 12, but this one would suspect was very much a case of "losing a half crown and finding sixpence".
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