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Within my projects portfolio is locating any surviving company records of the Motor Products Corporation of Detroit. This company was selected by Ford to help reduce the workload from producing the B-24 tail turrets. The company was tasked to produce the first iteration of the turret design known as Army designation A-6A, or as the Consolidated drawing number 32F5800 and Ford GK32F5800. The company soon named their turret as the MPC-5800 to reflect their company effort. The company later produced the revised Army A-6B turret design and their last for the Army Air Force.

As the later models of the B-24 were produced, Motor Products Corporation no longer produced turrets after the Ford B-24J model. All new turrets were produced by the Southern Aircraft Corporation of Texas as the Army A6-C and D models. I’m unaware if Southern produced earlier tail turret models such as the A6-A and A6-B. The Navy also used both vendors for the tail turrets of the PB4Y-1 and PB4Y-2 aircraft.

Within my archives collection I have drawings of Consolidated, Ford, and Southern. While my collection covers most of the tail turret family, I’m unable to locate and acquire MPC drawings or manuals. The National Archives seems to be the last location where any MPC drawing records are located, within the PB4Y-2 subject area of study. Smithsonian has nothing.

Any suggestions are appreciated.

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