Curtiss produced a sucsessful post-World War I three seat two-bay biplane called the Oriole for the civilian market, with a moulded plywood fuselage and 90 hp Curtiss OX-5 V-8 engine.
Performance was improved when fitted with a Curtiss K-6 or C-6 (150-160 hp).
By 1921 surplus WW-1 machines like the Jenny were flooding the market, and Oriole production was tailed off.
With the closure of the Curtiss Oriole line, a number of complete fuselages became available and Ireland was able to secure these. With help from friends in the Curtiss design office, new wings were created for the Ireland Comet.