ANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3328 posts, RR: 12 Posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2142 times:
Hello, everyone. I hope this is in the right forum. My piano teacher, who normally photographs birds, found himself near an airfield in New Jersey a few months ago and caught this bird doing touch and gos.
I was able to identify as a USAF plane from between the two World Wars, and while he is happy with that description, I'd like to give him more, as he is dedicating the shot to a friend who recently passed away.
Here is the image in question.
What I would like to know is:
Original use and purpose?
Did it serve in the war or is it a trainer?
The history of this particular frame, if possible?
Thanks a million, guys!
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F4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2126 times:
Piper L-4 Grasshopper. It is similar to the J-3 Cub but can be distinguished by the longer glass windows. It served primarily as an Army liaison and artiller spotter. It could also evacuate one wounded soldier.
Searching Piper L-4 will turn up more detailed links.
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KELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6620 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2045 times:
Quoting ANITIX87 (Thread starter): I was able to identify as a USAF plane from between the two World Wars, and while he is happy with that description, I'd like to give him more, as he is dedicating the shot to a friend who recently passed away.
Definitely not! The L-4 was a World War II bird, used for liason and artillery spotting duties. Also, if you notice, this one has invasion stripes, which would place it as (a replica of?) a bird used during or shortly after D-day. The invasion stripes helped avoid friendly fire incidents...
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