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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
February 2015 Mystery Airplane: The Douglas CommuterLike several other designers, Donald Douglas believed that a large number of pilots who had left the Air Service at the end of the war wanted to continue flying as a sport and that a market existed for an inexpensive light aircraft. In an attempt to capture a share of this market, Douglas designed a [&hellip… Read More
December 2014 Mystery Airplane: Emsco B-3-ACopyright 2014 by WESLEY R. SMITH Correct answers to this “mystery plane” were received from Terry Bowden, and Wayne Muxlow. The story of the Emsco B-3-A cannot be told without telling the tale of Charles F. Rocheville. Like many such stories in the annals of aviation, it is an unusual tale, and it is true, and [&hellip… Read More
October 2014 Mystery Plane: Morton Nightingaleby Wesley R. Smith Copyright 2014 In the nearly 50 years that I have been a student of Aviation History, a number of aircraft have come my way which I know nothing about; and despite the numerous research aids now available, have remained a mystery. One such aircraft is the Morton Nightingale. A number of [&hellip… Read More
August 2014 Mystery Plane: M-14 ThunderbirdW-F-W AIRCRAFT CORPORATION; THUNDERBIRD AIRCRAFT, INC; GENERAL AIRCRAFT CORPORATION W-14 THUNDERBIRD Bowerairlines — W-F-W Aircraft Corporation: Thunderbird Aircraft, Inc., General Aviation Corporation M-14 Thunderbird — dated June 24, 2014 3:13 pm. BY: WESLEY R. SMITH COPYRIGHT 2014 As the 1920s grew to a close, a popular biplane type was a three-place open-cockpit type, usually powered [&hellip… Read More
June 2014 Mystery Airplane: The Alliance Argo A-1By Wesley R. Smith Copyright 2014 “To fly it is to buy it!” So intoned a page one advertisement for the Alliance Aircraft Corp. “Argo,” which appeared in the July 27, 1929 issue of Aviation (V27 N4). But the story begins much earlier with birth of Aubrey W. Hess, and His brother, Adrian T. Hess, the [&hellip… Read More