Photo # 17 --
This photo is from the album of Air Mail Pioneer
Peter Arthur Toronto who worked for the U.S. Air Mail
Service from 12-18 to 1-20. Can you identify the
plane? E-mail with photo number to:
Viewer Rod Thorsen
identifies the plane as a Martin MB-2NBS-1 ordered as
a night bomber about 1920. His reference source
is "United States Military Aircraft since 1909" by Swanborough/Bowers
published by Putnam (UK).
Viewer Ronald Billman:
The U.S. Air Force Aircraft 1908-1946 by James C. Fahey
lists it as a NB-1, now for the builders Martin built
(20) 1921. Curtiss built (50) 1921-2 L.W.F. built
(35) 1921-2 and Aeromarine built (25) 1922-3.
All produced as duplicates. The photo of this
plane in Mr. Fahey's book I.D.s it as a Curtiss-Martin
NBS-1 type PS L-W-F stands for Love, Willard and Fowler
of Long Island, N.Y., and all of this is listed in the
aircraft section of Airfiles.com.
courtesy of David Wettengel