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    Help Required Identifying this Early Aircraft

    Hi there, I recently acquired a large collection of photographs from the golden age of flight, c1920-1940. I've been having fun identifying the planes but there are some I'm having trouble with. Any help is appreciated!
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    An Aeronca C.2 , I think a Fairchild KR.34 and a Curtiss CW. 22B

    John
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    Excellent! Thank you, John!

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    Any help identifying these three is also appreciated.
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    I reckon photo 2 is the Curtiss-Wright AT-9 Jeep.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:C..._Jeep_USAF.jpg

    Not that I'd ever heard of it, but the shape of the fin and rudder looked familiar.
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    Looks like a match to me! Thanks for the help!

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    Nr 1 of the lower photos is a Bell XFM-1 Airacuda. 1937-1940 Twin engine pusher. An attempt by Bell to build a bomber destroyer aircraft!

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    Awesome, thanks for the info!

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    3rd one is Curtiss A-1/O-3 Falcon

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    Kermit Weeks has a CW.22, and according to Wiki the RAF flew some ex-Burmese examples.
    The AT-9 was a multi-engined trainer, very few survive, one is in the USAF museum. Unlike many wartime types, it never had a civil career, two seats and two thirsty engines with no practical civil application.
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    Thanks for the help everyone, it is much appreciated! I have three more unidentified planes here. Any ideas?
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    The first aircraft is an Aeronca LB. The Navy seems to have tested one, hence the military colours.

    The next aircraft is well known, a Northrop Delta.

    The final photo is of a Ford Tri-Motor. Without a better view or "N number" I can't tell whether it's a 4-AT or a 5-AT.
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    Excellent, thanks for your help!

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    I feel like I've come across this particular plane before but am currently drawing a blank. Anyone know what it is? Thanks!
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    It's a Boeing P12 - once you know that, it's easy to read the last character of the caption! Looks a trifle bent.

    Adrian
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    Ah, thanks Adrian! I figured out it was a Boeing, but of course I couldn't find the "IX".

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    Specifically, it's a P-12E.

    The field listed is in the Canal Zone.
    Note the later radio antenna.
    Also, noted the Navy-style (F4B-3/4) headrest, which holds a life raft, something that would have been added for use in Panama.
    In fact, in period they were called the "Panama headrest".
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    Thanks for the info J Boyle, much appreciated! I have three more I can't seem to identify. Anyone know what they are?
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    The helicopter is a Sikorsky R-6, basically the R-4 engine and rotors in a more streamlined airframe.
    Anywhere produced under license by Nash Kelvinator, a division of the Nash automobile company better known for making innovative refrigerators.
    About 200 were produced, many going to the UK as Hoverfly IIs (the R-4 was the Hoverfly I).

    Can you provide more contrast in the first photo?
    I have a hunch what it might be, but really need a better photo.
    I've seen the other aircraft, clearly a racing ship, but can't put my finger on a name.
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    Isn't the racing aircraft a 1929 Howard DGA-3 Pete ?

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    Yes, I believe you're correct.
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    Helicopter is an HOS-1: USCG operated a number of these circa 1946.

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    Had a play in PS:

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    Looks like a Northrup Aircraft Corporation Alpha (X-127-W)
    Being tested by the U.S. military.

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    Northrop YC-19 another pix of it.

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    The blades on the HOS-1 , later H-6, terrify me! They certainly don't appear to have 120 degrees spacing between them.

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    It's on display inside, they might be adjusted to fit the space.
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