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Old 02-12-2008, 11:43 PM   #1
 
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Hello, I am a new member and I have a request:
Please, I need help identifying this aircraft flown by my grand father during the 1920s revolution in Mexico. All I can tell is that it is a monoplane, and has a water-cooled inline engine. The landing gear seems French.

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Old 02-13-2008, 01:52 PM   #2
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That's a tough one ! No more clues (exact year, single-seater or not...) ? French were not the only ones to design landing gear this way, it was quite common for parasol-type airplanes (see Curtiss for example). Couldn't it be a TNCA locally built aircraft ? I don't know much about them. BTW Hikoki recently released a book about Latin American airwars.
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Thank you Mystère. To anwer your questions:

>exact year,

I can narrow it to being used -not built- between 1923-1927.


> single-seater or not...) ?

I can't tell by the photo.

> French were not the only ones to design landing gear this way, it was quite common for parasol-type airplanes (see Curtiss for example).

Good to know that. I will remember it.


> Couldn't it be a TNCA locally built aircraft ?

Never heard of TNCA. I will look into it. The fact that has no cowling is strange; anybody would have known its drag.

> BTW Hikoki recently released a book about Latin American airwars.
I will do my best to check it out.



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Old 02-13-2008, 04:41 PM   #4
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Having no cowling on the photo does not necessarly means this aircraft flew without one.

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Having no cowling on the photo does not necessarly means this aircraft flew without one.

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Right. About the mistery aircraft, I took another look at the original photo: it has 2 seats. You can see the rear seat surrounded by a circular metal structure. This was used for an observer with a machine-gun. The machine gun is not evident though.
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