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Old 12th Jul 2010, 07:18
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This photo will serve as a clue:
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Old 12th Jul 2010, 11:01
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Has it got a big `WOOFER` and Tweeter` in the back as well ??
PT-6 or Avia powered ?
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Old 12th Jul 2010, 13:29
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Not turbine powered. Designed as a lightweight COIN aircraft.
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Old 12th Jul 2010, 13:47
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Betcha it's the Fletcher FD-25 Defender....an offshoot of the Fletcher FU-24 crop duster.
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Old 12th Jul 2010, 14:46
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ozbeowulf is correct Your turn.
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Old 12th Jul 2010, 20:26
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Here the next mystery cockpit...

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Old 12th Jul 2010, 20:46
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Wot, no rudder pedals?
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Old 12th Jul 2010, 21:00
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Funny you should mention that, Sycamore.

I can't spot the rudder pedals, either, but this aircraft definitely had a rudder and there must be some way to make it flap back and forth.

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Edit: To avoid any confusion, this aircraft HAS a rudder, i.e. some are still airworthy, according to my search.

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Old 13th Jul 2010, 21:08
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Okay, time for a clue or two.

The original design is 80 years old, but it is still well suited for pleasure flights on a sunny day in France.
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Old 13th Jul 2010, 21:53
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Some kind of `Mignet` Flying Flea,which may have linked ailerons /rudder ?
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Old 13th Jul 2010, 23:02
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Not linked controls. I just found this shot of the lower cockpit...



It's a bit hard to sort out all the ironmongery but those are definitely rudder cables and the site where I found this points out the heel brakes below.

Btw, the earlier reference to France does not mean this aircraft was European.

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Old 14th Jul 2010, 11:07
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Must be a parasol wing,maybe Dewoitine?.Looks like the stick is carved from a chair leg ,and the parking brakes are `rubber` bands on the pedals..
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Old 14th Jul 2010, 13:22
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Parasol wing, yes...

Dewoitine, no...
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Old 14th Jul 2010, 19:26
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Does it have a radial engine,Scarab or Kinner ?
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Old 14th Jul 2010, 21:30
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A 145 hp Scarab, actually. In this particular aircraft, that engine was an upgrade from the original installation. Other examples of this bird had various engines, though.
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Old 15th Jul 2010, 02:13
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Fairchild 22

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Old 15th Jul 2010, 04:58
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Sorry, C2J...

Correct continent, but the wrong manufacturer.
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Old 15th Jul 2010, 10:27
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Time for another clue, methinks...

This aircraft design appeared in the first third of the last century. It was developed from an even earlier design (that was named after a Roman god and an insect) when that company was purchased by the man whose name became part of the generic name of the aircraft in these cockpit pictures.

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Old 15th Jul 2010, 14:46
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Nearest I can get is a Davis D-1-W; And pls explain the Roman god bit.....
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Old 15th Jul 2010, 22:12
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Congrats, Sycamore! You have control....

It is indeed the Davis D-1-W shown here at Rhinbeck (I think.)



The Roman god and insect clue was probably too obscure, but it refers to the Vulcan Moth, a design from the Vulcan aircraft company, which Davis bought. Apparently, Davis modified the Vulcan Moth (I believe he added the elegant elliptical wing trailing edges, etc) and called it the Davis Monoplane.

From what I could uncover online, although the total production was only sixty aircraft, there were several variants. Eleven of those were D-1-Ks and, later, eight of those D-1-Ks were further modified to become D-1-Ws. I do not know, but I suspect, that the main difference was the engines installed.

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