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Thomas-Morse S4C Scout in restoration.

DAYTON, Ohio -- (July 6, 2020) Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons prepares tools for restoring the Thomas-Morse S4C Scout at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Preserving a proud legacy, the Restoration Division restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles to historically accurate and visually striking levels.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Thomas-Morse S4C Scout

DAYTON, Ohio -- (July 6, 2020) The Thomas-Morse S4C Scout during the restoration process at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Preserving a proud legacy, the Restoration Division restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles to historically accurate and visually striking levels.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Thomas-Morse S4C Scout

DAYTON, Ohio -- (July 6, 2020) Museum restoration specialists (from left to right) Duane Jones, Brian Lindamood and Casey Simmons remove fabric from the Thomas-Morse S4C Scout during the restoration process at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Preserving a proud legacy, the Restoration Division restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles to historically accurate and visually striking levels.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Thomas-Morse S4C Scout in restoration.

DAYTON, Ohio -- (July 6, 2020) Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons removes fabric from the Thomas-Morse S4C Scout during the restoration process at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Preserving a proud legacy, the Restoration Division restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles to historically accurate and visually striking levels.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Thomas-Morse S4C Scout in restoration.

DAYTON, Ohio -- (July 6, 2020) Museum restoration specialists (from left to right) Casey Simmons, Brian Lindamood and Duane Jones remove fabric from the Thomas-Morse S4C Scout during the restoration process at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Preserving a proud legacy, the Restoration Division restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles to historically accurate and visually striking levels.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Thomas-Morse S4C Scout in restoration.

DAYTON, Ohio -- (July 6, 2020) Museum restoration specialists (from left to right) Brian Lindamood and Duane Jones remove fabric from the Thomas-Morse S4C Scout during the restoration process at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Preserving a proud legacy, the Restoration Division restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles to historically accurate and visually striking levels.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Thomas-Morse S4C Scout

DAYTON, Ohio -- (July 6, 2020) The Thomas-Morse S4C Scout during the restoration process at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Preserving a proud legacy, the Restoration Division restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles to historically accurate and visually striking levels.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Thomas-Morse S4C Scout

DAYTON, Ohio -- (July 6, 2020) The Thomas-Morse S4C Scout interior view during the restoration process at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Preserving a proud legacy, the Restoration Division restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles to historically accurate and visually striking levels.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Thomas-Morse S4C Scout

DAYTON, Ohio -- (July 6, 2020) The Thomas-Morse S4C Scout during the restoration process at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Preserving a proud legacy, the Restoration Division restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles to historically accurate and visually striking levels.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Thomas-Morse S4C Scout
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DAYTON, Ohio -- (July 6, 2020) The Thomas-Morse S4C Scout during the restoration process at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Preserving a proud legacy, the Restoration Division restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles to historically accurate and visually striking levels.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Thomas-Morse S4C Scout
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DAYTON, Ohio -- (July 6, 2020) The Thomas-Morse S4C Scout interior view during the restoration process at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Preserving a proud legacy, the Restoration Division restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles to historically accurate and visually striking levels.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Thomas-Morse S4C Scout
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DAYTON, Ohio -- (July 6, 2020) The Thomas-Morse S4C Scout interior cockpit view during the restoration process at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Preserving a proud legacy, the Restoration Division restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles to historically accurate and visually striking levels.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Thomas-Morse S4C Scout
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DAYTON, Ohio -- (July 6, 2020) The Thomas-Morse S4C Scout interior cockpit view during the restoration process at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Preserving a proud legacy, the Restoration Division restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles to historically accurate and visually striking levels.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Thomas-Morse S4C Scout
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DAYTON, Ohio -- (July 6, 2020) The Thomas-Morse S4C Scout interior cockpit view during the restoration process at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Preserving a proud legacy, the Restoration Division restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles to historically accurate and visually striking levels.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Thomas-Morse S4C Scout
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DAYTON, Ohio -- (July 6, 2020) The Thomas-Morse S4C Scout during the restoration process at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Preserving a proud legacy, the Restoration Division restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles to historically accurate and visually striking levels.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Thomas-Morse S4C Scout
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DAYTON, Ohio -- (July 6, 2020) Museum restoration specialists (from left to right) Duane Jones and Casey Simmons remove fabric from the Thomas-Morse S4C Scout during the restoration process at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Preserving a proud legacy, the Restoration Division restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles to historically accurate and visually striking levels.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Thomas-Morse S4C Scout
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DAYTON, Ohio -- (July 6, 2020) Museum restoration specialist Duane Jones removes fabric from the Thomas-Morse S4C Scout during the restoration process at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Preserving a proud legacy, the Restoration Division restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles to historically accurate and visually striking levels.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Thomas-Morse S4C Scout
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DAYTON, Ohio -- (July 6, 2020) Museum restoration specialists (from left to right) Duane Jones and Casey Simmons remove fabric from the Thomas-Morse S4C Scout during the restoration process at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Preserving a proud legacy, the Restoration Division restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles to historically accurate and visually striking levels.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Thomas-Morse S4C Scout
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DAYTON, Ohio -- (July 6, 2020) Museum restoration specialists (from left to right) Brian Lindamood and Duane Jones remove fabric from the Thomas-Morse S4C Scout during the restoration process at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Preserving a proud legacy, the Restoration Division restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles to historically accurate and visually striking levels.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Thomas-Morse S4C Scout restoration.
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DAYTON, Ohio -- (July 6, 2020) The Thomas-Morse S4C Scout during the restoration process at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Preserving a proud legacy, the Restoration Division restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles to historically accurate and visually striking levels.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Thomas-Morse S4C Scout restoration.
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DAYTON, Ohio -- (July 6, 2020) The Thomas-Morse S4C Scout during the restoration process at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Preserving a proud legacy, the Restoration Division restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles to historically accurate and visually striking levels.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Thomas-Morse S4C Scout restoration.
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DAYTON, Ohio -- (July 6, 2020) The Thomas-Morse S4C Scout during the restoration process at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Preserving a proud legacy, the Restoration Division restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles to historically accurate and visually striking levels.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Thomas-Morse S4C Scout restoration.
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DAYTON, Ohio -- (July 6, 2020) The Thomas-Morse S4C Scout during the restoration process at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Preserving a proud legacy, the Restoration Division restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles to historically accurate and visually striking levels.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Thomas-Morse S4C Scout
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DAYTON, Ohio -- (July 6, 2020) Museum restoration specialist Duane Jones removes fabric from the Thomas-Morse S4C Scout during the restoration process at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Preserving a proud legacy, the Restoration Division restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles to historically accurate and visually striking levels.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Thomas-Morse S4C Scout
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DAYTON, Ohio -- (July 6, 2020) Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons removes fabric from the Thomas-Morse S4C Scout during the restoration process at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Preserving a proud legacy, the Restoration Division restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles to historically accurate and visually striking levels.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Thomas-Morse S4C Scout
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DAYTON, Ohio -- (July 6, 2020) Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons removes fabric from the Thomas-Morse S4C Scout during the restoration process at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Preserving a proud legacy, the Restoration Division restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles to historically accurate and visually striking levels.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Thomas-Morse S4C Scout
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DAYTON, Ohio -- (July 6, 2020) Museum restoration specialists (from left to right) Casey Simmons and Brian Lindamood remove fabric from the Thomas-Morse S4C Scout during the restoration process at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Preserving a proud legacy, the Restoration Division restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles to historically accurate and visually striking levels.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Thomas-Morse S4C Scout
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DAYTON, Ohio -- (July 6, 2020) Museum restoration specialists (from left to right) Brian Lindamood, Duane Jones and Casey Simmons remove fabric from the Thomas-Morse S4C Scout during the restoration process at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Preserving a proud legacy, the Restoration Division restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles to historically accurate and visually striking levels.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Thomas-Morse S4C Scout in restoration.
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DAYTON, Ohio -- (July 6, 2020) Museum restoration specialists (from left to right) Duane Jones and Brian Lindamood remove fabric from the Thomas-Morse S4C Scout during the restoration process at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Preserving a proud legacy, the Restoration Division restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles to historically accurate and visually striking levels.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Thomas-Morse S4C Scout in restoration.
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DAYTON, Ohio -- (July 6, 2020) Museum restoration specialist Brian Lindamood removes fabric from the Thomas-Morse S4C Scout during the restoration process at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Preserving a proud legacy, the Restoration Division restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles to historically accurate and visually striking levels.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Thomas-Morse S4C Scout in restoration.
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DAYTON, Ohio -- (July 6, 2020) Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons removes fabric from the Thomas-Morse S4C Scout during the restoration process at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Preserving a proud legacy, the Restoration Division restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles to historically accurate and visually striking levels.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Thomas-Morse S4C Scout in restoration.
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DAYTON, Ohio -- (July 6, 2020) Museum restoration specialists (from left to right) Duane Jones and Brian Lindamood remove fabric from the Thomas-Morse S4C Scout during the restoration process at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Preserving a proud legacy, the Restoration Division restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles to historically accurate and visually striking levels.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Thomas-Morse S4C Scout
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DAYTON, Ohio -- (July 6, 2020) The Thomas-Morse S4C Scout during the restoration process at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Preserving a proud legacy, the Restoration Division restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles to historically accurate and visually striking levels.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Thomas-Morse S4C Scout in restoration.
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DAYTON, Ohio -- (July 6, 2020) The Thomas-Morse S4C Scout during the restoration process at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Preserving a proud legacy, the Restoration Division restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles to historically accurate and visually striking levels.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Thomas-Morse S4C Scout
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DAYTON, Ohio -- (July 6, 2020) The Thomas-Morse S4C Scout during the restoration process at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Preserving a proud legacy, the Restoration Division restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles to historically accurate and visually striking levels.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

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DAYTON, Ohio -- (July 6, 2020) The Thomas-Morse S4C Scout during the restoration process at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Preserving a proud legacy, the Restoration Division restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles to historically accurate and visually striking levels.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Early Years Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- The Early Years Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Thomas Morse S4C Scout (left) near the Fokker Dr. I in the Early Years Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Thomas Morse S4C Scout (left) near the Fokker Dr. I in the Early Years Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Thomas Morse S4C Scout in the Early Years Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Thomas Morse S4C Scout in the Early Years Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Thomas Morse S4C Scout in the Early Years Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Thomas Morse S4C Scout in the Early Years Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Thomas Morse S4C Scout upper right wing.
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Thomas Morse S4C Scout upper right wing in the Early Years Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

View of left side of aircraft.
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Thomas Morse S4C Scout in the Early Years Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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DAYTON, Ohio -- Thomas Morse S4C Scout in the Early Years Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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DAYTON, Ohio -- Thomas Morse S4C Scout in the Early Years Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

WWI era aircraft interior.
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Thomas Morse S4C Scout interior in the Early Years Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Note: This aircraft is currently in the museum's restoration hangar.

The Thomas-Morse Scout became the favorite single-seat training airplane for U.S. pilots during World War I. The Scout first appeared with an order for 100 S4Bs in the summer of 1917. The U.S. Army Air Service later purchased nearly 500 of a slightly modified version, the S4C. Dubbed the "Tommy" by its pilots, the plane had a long and varied career.

Tommies flew at practically every pursuit flying school in the United States during 1918. After the war ended, the Air Service sold them as surplus to civilian flying schools, sportsman pilots and ex-Army fliers. Some were still being used in the mid-1930s for WWI aviation movies filmed in Hollywood.

The Tommy on display was donated to the museum in March 1965 by Capt. R.W. Duff, Miami, Fla., and restored by Aero Mechanics High School, Detroit, Mich.

TECHNICAL NOTES:
Armament: One .30-cal Marlin machine gun
Engine: LeRhone C-9 rotary of 80 hp
Maximum speed: 95 mph
Range: 250 miles
Ceiling: 16,000 ft.
Span: 26 ft. 6 in.
Length: 19 ft. 10 in.
Height: 8 ft. 1 in.
Weight: 1,330 lbs.

 


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