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Mystery Airplane

Our Mystery Airplane feature will be taking a holiday for the near future.  Next month we will introduce our new feature, OUTSTANDING FLIGHTS, which will appear in our e-Newsletter, Vintage AirMail, replacing the Mystery Plane series.

Meanwhile, here’s your chance to review and enjoy our most recently featured Mystery Airplanes.

1 June 2016 Mystery Airplane – The Curtiss Model “N” Military TractorThe first correct identification of VAA’s June Mystery Plane was submitted by Ulrich Rist. Wayne Muxlow, Ed Cook and Frank Nichols also submitted correct answers. An article describing the newly introduced Curtiss Model N Tractor Trainer appeared in the March 29, 1915 issue of AERIAL AGE WEEKLY.   A reprint of this article appears below. In his [&hellip… Read More
Wing span of the ship is 48 feet, and ship is 34 feet long from nose to tail. Gasoline tanks hold 172 gallons. April 2016 Mystery Airplane: The Monsted-Vincent MV-1Even though there was only one built, VAA aviation historians had no problem identifying the April Mystery Plane. First correct answer came from Ulrich Rist who correctly identified the four-engine aircraft as the Monsted-Vincent MV-1 Starflight. Others who supplied correct answers were: Louis Ross, James Riviere, Wayne Muxlow, Dan Shumaker, Brian Baker and Louis Ross [&hellip… Read More
Above-the-wing mounted motors kept water spray away from engines even during rough sea conditions when landing or taking-off. February 2016 Mystery Airplane – the Towle TA-3The first correct response received for the April 2016 Mystery Plane was submitted by Wayne Muxlow. He identified the amphibian as the Towle TA-3 which was built during 1930 in Detroit, Michigan by the Towle Aircraft Comany under Group 2 approval #2.291. The 8-place TA-3 was powered with two 225 hp Packard DR-980 diesel engines. [&hellip… Read More
December-Mystery December 2015 Mystery Airplane – the BluebirdThe December Mystery Plane proved to be no mystery for a number of VAA members, the first coming from Tim Cansler who identified the aircraft as the National Airplane and Motor Company’s Bluebird LP-4. Other correct answers were received from Ulrich Rist, Jim Grant, Pit Ross and Wayne Muxlow.   Amazingly it also turns out a [&hellip… Read More
october-mystery October 2015 Mystery Plane: The UniplaneThe only correct identification of the October Mystery plane—the Johnson Uniplane—was received from Bradford Payne.  He wrote: The October Mystery plane Is a Johnson Uniplane.  It was designed by Richard B. Johnson of Chicago, IL.  Mr. Johnson was issued U. S. patent #1,887,411 on November 8, 1932 for the airplane.  One prototype was built (serial [&hellip… Read More
august-2015-mystery August 2015 Mystery: The Twin-Engined Langley(Below is what the November 1941 issue of Aero Digest magazine had to say about the Langley Twin) The Twin-Engined 4-Place “Langley” Built by a New Process of Fused Plastics and Mahogany Plywood Newest entry in the plywood aircraft field is the four-place twin-engined Langley manufactured at Port Washington, NY, by the recently formed Langley [&hellip… Read More
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