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Mystery Airplane

 Can you identify this plane?

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Who can identify this aircraft that appeared in the late 1940s.  When sending replies please disclose as much information as possible about the aircraft’s development, specs, performance and history.y.

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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
june-mystery-920 June 2015 Mystery Plane: Boeing Model 8 (BB-L6)No one correctly identified the June Mystery Plane. It proved to be a Boeing aircraft that was completed in 1920 — designated the Model 8 (BB-L6). The information we have was taken from Pete Bowers excellent book “Boeing Aircraft Since 1916” and includes photos, specs, and 3-view line drawings of the 3-place Boeing Model 8 [&hellip… Read More
april-mystery-400 April 2015 Mystery Plane: 1921 FETTERS “KITEBy Wesley R. Smith (Copyright 2015) The Story of the 1921 Fetters “Kite,” or, perhaps, more correctly; the; 1921 Fetters Sport Biplane, actually begins with the birth of Giuseppe Mario Bellanca on 19 March 1886 at Sciacca, Italy. Two years and 10 days later, Enea Bossi, another figure in this story, was born at Milan, Italy. Prior [&hellip… Read More
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