One of the major issues with the manner in which the Army Air Service was run at that time was that, even if a company's design was accepted, there was no guarantee that the company which produced it would be contracted to manufacture it. The Air Service considered that, once they accepted a design, they owned it, and were free to have it manufactured by whatever company they chose. Consequently, even though Martin created this bomber, there was no guarantee that Martin would end up manufacturing it. That actually happened to Thomas-Morse, which created the MB-3 fighter, which actually ended up being manufactured for the Air Service by Boeing.
Phil Pearce, e-mail, 14.06.2013 21:13
I think I own a prop from this aircraft. I have had it for years and now it is for sale. Accepting queries at my e-mail or phone 480-641-0015. Regards, P. Pearce
Bob, 23.03.2011 16:53
hi thank you because i needed this info for a porject great site keep it up
R. Borowiak, e-mail, 28.04.2009 13:25
Hello! I have bought a kit MB-2; he has as number "AS.S5195; is the number true? I don't find in my doc. Many tks in antic .