Hairy wins the mystery prize. The aircraft was a Chinese amphibian bomber. Think they only built a few as time passed it by. I agree with Dave. It has a Coronado look about it. Maybe they needed to use larger diameter bamboo for the wing spars. It would have been an impressive gadget to see in action.
Your cryptic clue was more of a red herring,I thought the NZ connection was John Thorp,as the back end of the plane looks like a Thorp design,I spent hours looking up every obscure plane he ever designed......to no avail,then I thought it looked a bit like a Vought Kingfisher so I went down that road plus every other US manufacturer I could think of,then about midnight a little light came on and I remembered Fletcher had built a few oddball aircraft around the war years and I followed that line until I came to the FBT-2.Although it has the hallmarks of a Thorp/Fletcher design I can't see he was involved with Fletcher until the 1950's.
So heres another topdresser......
The Fletcher photo was taken in the US Dave,it was the only one built,the only Fletcher design to come here are the FU-24's. I dont think Fletchers made much out of aircraft,they made more out of aircraft drop tanks and the like through the war(s) years.
Post by Dave Homewood on Feb 25, 2010 23:20:48 GMT 12
Was it an accepted rule across the industry that all topdressers must be designed to be inherantly ugly? Apart from the original Avengers there has not been a decent looking topdresser ever, and even the TBF-1C's looked odd with their turrets removed.
Don't worry Stu. I think I left the links attached with my mystery pic, and it was a no brainer. Another senior moment The Nighthawk may have been a Supermarine product, but I don't think RJ Mitchell had much to do with it.