My thoughts were of a Stearman C3 because of the undercarriage legs. The top wing is certainly different and the ailerons are interconected. So some kind of single seat X variant with a R1340. Having that engine, it would have short engine mounts compared with J-6 radial. Does someone have a book of USAAF training planes?
It HAS to be an early Waco type, as the tail fin shape, undercarriage arrangement, wings, etc are identical to the very early Wacos. However practically ever Waco of this vintage (and later!) had "N"-type interplane struts. I went right through my series of Joseph P Juptner (what a great series of books!) but could not find an exact match (although I did find one Waco without N-struts) - even the NC 79xx registration was no help, as none of these early Wacos used such a number that I could find. So I am stumped here! But it just has to be one from this stable. The only thing somewhat unusual is the engine "cowling", which is very old fashioned - remember that the early Wacos under discussion here were built in 1930, eleven years before this photograph taken - it certainly looks nothing like all the American trainers of the mid1930s and onwards, it is from a totally different generation. David D
Yesterday I took the liberty of sending the picture to to William T Larkins.
His reply, "That's a fancinating photo and I have never seen it before. My guess is that it is a highly modified Waco GXE, probably NC7970, 7971, 7972 or 7978. I have never seen a cowling, engine or spinner like that. It's a rare item."
Looking at the photo again and one I've found of a GXE, I would agree but the u/c is different. Bill suggests it is a cropduster although no spreader can been seen, but by what the guys are doing on the wing, they may be getting something out of the hopper.
If your thinking, "yer right", what US Ag operators did to the Travellair 4000's made them look nothing like new.
I found that link to the early registers earlier yesterday, it's worth saving.
Post by Dave Homewood on Oct 26, 2012 11:25:48 GMT 12
Perhaps it has been modified by a bush pilot too, they did all sorts of things back then to aircraft I believe. As there's a truck there maybe they are about to refuel it? it may not be a hopper at all, it might be a fuel tank they are looking at? Or just a front seat?
The undercarriage is pretty well identical to that fitted on Waco RNF, HSO, QSO, PSO, INF, and probably others; there really were a LOT of models bulit by Waco. I only have Vols 4 - 8 of the Juptner series, so probably many others. David D