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Mystery Airplane


Can you identify this plane? If you can, fill out and submit your answer on the form below.

The designer of this twin engine aircraft from the early 1920s went on to design one of America’s most famous all metal aircraft. Photo by Wesley Smith.


 Scroll down below the entry form for previous Mystery Airplanes.



FebruaryMystery February Mystery Plane: Catron and Fisk C.F. 10  As early as 1911, Edwin M. Fisk was mentioned in the Los Angeles periodical, Aviation. An excerpt from the magazine states: “Edwin Fisk of Ocean Park, Cal., is completing a monoplane which embodies several original ideas. The machine will be equipped with an engine of his own design and construction and capable of producing [&hellip… Read More
DecemberMystery800 December Mystery Plane – The Sundorph A-1 “Special”The December Mystery Airplane drew a good number of responses; the first received was from Dan Cullman who correctly identified the aircraft as the Sundorph Special. Others who submitted correct answers were Roy Oberg, Wayne Muxlow, David Helmso and Bradford Payne. For further information read Wesley Smith’s article that follows. The Sundorph A-1 “Special”by Wes [&hellip… Read More
Oct2013mystery October Mystery Plane – de Bothezat GB-5de Bothezat GB-5 by Wes Smith The GB-5 known as THE BUG had twin co-axial rotors operating in opposite directions through gearing at both ends of the engine crankcase. Georghe Bothezatu (Georgii Ivanovich Botezat–one source states his middle name was Aleksandrovich), was born in St. Petersburg, Russia on 7 June 1882.  According to a Romanian [&hellip… Read More
mystery3-394 Mystery Airplane #3, 1921 Dare Aircraft Corporation planeLynn Towns correctly identified the Mystery Plane that appeared in the August Vintage AirMail.  He presented the following: Mystery Plane No. 3 is the first airplane built by the Dare Aircraft Corporation in Detroit, Michigan.  I can’t find a model description for this airplane, but it was built in 1921 and incorporated patented variable wings, [&hellip… Read More
JuneMysteryPlane Mystery Airplane #2 – The Royal Air TrainerAmong the many replies received to identify the June Vintage AirMail Mystery Plane only the first one received proved to be correct.  It was submitted by Roy Oberg who correctly identified the aircraft as the Royal Air Trainer. The aircraft was designed by Prof. Peter Altman of the University of Detroit.  At that time it [&hellip… Read More
Mystery-01 The Mystery Airplane Returns… The Williams Model 2Thanks to so many of you for your submissions.  Although we received a number of responses, no one correctly identified our first Mystery Plane that appeared in April 2013 Vintage Airmail and here on the website.  Wesley Smith who furnished the photo also provided a wealth of information on the development and history of this [&hellip… Read More
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