Thomas-Morse MB-3

1919

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Thomas-Morse MB-3

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Specification 
 MODELMB-3A
 CREW1
 ENGINE1 x 320hp Wright-Hispano H-3
 WEIGHTS
  Take-off weight1152 kg2540 lb
  Empty weight778 kg1715 lb
 DIMENSIONS
  Wingspan7.92 m26 ft 0 in
  Length6.10 m20 ft 0 in
  Height2.59 m9 ft 6 in
  Wing area21.32 m2229.49 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
  Max. speed225 km/h140 mph
  Cruise speed205 km/h127 mph
  Ceiling7220 m23700 ft
  Rate of climb376 m/min1250 ft/min
 ARMAMENT1 x 7.62mm, 1 x 12.7mm

Comments
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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