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User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3305 posts, RR: 13
Posted (7 years 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1767 times:
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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.

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What I would like to know is:

Type/Model?
Registration?
Owner/Operator?
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!

TIS


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User currently offlineF4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1751 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.

Gary
Cottage Grove, MN, USA



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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6385 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1670 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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