Thomas-Morse MB-2

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MB-2
Role Fighter
National origin United States
Manufacturer Thomas-Morse Aircraft
Designer B. Douglas Thomas
First flight November 1918[1]
Number built 2

The Thomas-Morse MB-2 was an open-cockpit biplane fighter manufactured by Thomas-Morse Aircraft for the U.S. Army Air Service in 1918.

Development[edit]

The MB-2 was designed by B. Douglas Thomas at the same time he was building the MB-1. Powered by a Liberty 12 engine, the first of two two-seat biplanes flew in November 1918. The Army was unimpressed by the performance and did not order any for production.[1] Both prototypes were then scrapped, the second one incomplete.[2]

Specifications[edit]

Data from Angelucci, 1987. p. 420.[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 24 ft 0 in (7.31 m)
  • Wingspan: 31 ft 0 in (9.44 m)
  • Height: 8 ft 0 in (2.43 m)
  • Wing area: 323 ft2 (30 m2)
  • Empty weight: 2,047 lb (929 kg)
  • Gross weight: 2,773 lb (1,258 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Liberty L-12 liquid-cooled piston engine, 400 hp ( kW)

Performance

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b c Angelucci, 1987. p. 420.
  2. ^ Wegg 1990, p.24.
Bibliography
  • Angelucci, Enzo (1987). The American Fighter from 1917 to the present. New York: Orion Books. ISBN 0-517-56588-9. 
  • Wegg, John (1990). General Dynamics Aircraft and their Predecessors. London: Putnam. ISBN 0-85177-833-X.