Model Airplane News
December, 1934

Model Airplane News Cover for December, 1934 by Jo Kotula Douglas O43 Observation

Douglas O43 Observation Scout
Model Airplane News Cover Art for December, 1934
by Jo Kotula
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The Douglas O-43 was a monoplane observation aircraft used by the United States Army Air Corps.

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Douglas O43 Observation Scout
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As a speculative venture, Douglas built a light commercial plane called the O-31 and demonstrated it for the Army. Five service-test aircraft were ordered by the Army and given designation YO-31. After testing, a wire-braced parasol wing, new fin and rudder made the final configuration of the O-43, After trials, the Army requested a deepened fuselage to eliminatethe ventral bulge under the observer's position and taller vertical surfaces with an inset rudder. The canopy was enlarged, and fully enclosed both cockpits; this model was designated the O-43-A. The O-43 and O-43A served with the USSAC observation squadrons for several years before being assigned to National Guard units.

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