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Offline Paul Smith

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MO-1 documentation.
« on: October 11, 2018, 06:19:35 AM »
I was given a couple of old (1983 built) MO-1's which I've been rehabbing to current best practices.

I've searched the net for history and found very little.

This what I've found:  36 or 37 units built.  Delivered to USN Dec 1, 1924.  Maybe begun in 1921.
Used only by the USN.  Carrier-launched and arrested landing.  Also float-equipped.

What's missing:  End date of use.  War record (not much chance that I can imagine).  Any surviving units? I doubt it. 

I seems unlikely that any units remained in service into the 1930's.  The Navy has a practice of getting rid of the old stuff when new comes to them.

The model shown is not mine, just one I photographed at a contest.

Note the 1969 Carrier model plan.  This must be a very early Class I model.  Back in the day of no official profile and no sliders.  The publication date of 1969 implies that it probably dated back to circa 1966. 
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Re: MO-1 documentation.
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2018, 08:21:28 AM »
Gary Hull passed along his Naval Aviation research binder to me at Dayton. Herewith is some data on the MO-1.
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Re: MO-1 documentation.
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2018, 08:23:24 AM »
MO data, including the clincher photo evidence of carrier operation.
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Re: MO-1 documentation.
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2018, 09:37:07 AM »
I wasn't doubting the carrier use.

I was more curious about the end-of-service date.

The beginning in 1921 or 1924 is clear enough.  The end date is my question.  Based on the rapid rate of progress, I doubt it lasted to 1930.

My Sport Scale PB-2A (P-30) has a well-documented life that begins in 1934 and ended with the final unit being scraped in mid-1941.  It was the world's best fighter for about one year in peacetime.  It beat out the P-26 and lost to the P-35.

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