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Can anyone ID this 1917-18 plane?

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A friend of mine sent me a photo of his aviator uncle, plane and ground crew.

His uncle was a US pilot and the photo is from 1917-18.

Can anyone ID this aircraft?

 

 

thumbnail_Warner Shugart ca 1917-18.jpg

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9 minutes ago, ZachariasX said:

A Salmson 2 most likely. Common. Not in RoF.

Doesn't look like the struts and distance between the wings are correct for a Salmson.

Edited by =AVG77=Garven

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Salmson was my first thought too but the struts are wrong.  Look at the outer struts.

 

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2 minutes ago, =AVG77=Garven said:

Doesn't look like the struts and distance between the wings are correct for a Salmson.

There were many factories building that one. There might have been variations. The inward tilted center struts are remarkable.

 

The engine I would say is a radial for certain, for a plane this size I would only know of the Salmson engine that woukd fit there.

 

It might be a Salmson 7, having pilot and observer/gunner back to back instead of in two separate cockpits out of shouting distance. But in all, a similar plane.

 

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It is an L.W.F. model V an US made plane. 

page 241 Jane ‘s fighting aircraft of WW1 

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Well done Dutch!

 

6 minutes ago, Dutch2 said:

It is an L.W.F. model V an US made plane. 

page 241 Jane ‘s fighting aircraft of WW1 

 

Edited by 56RAF_Roblex

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5 minutes ago, Dutch2 said:

It is an L.W.F. model V an US made plane. 

page 241 Jane ‘s fighting aircraft of WW1 

 

Correct!

 

LWF_Model_V_Tractor_pic1.jpg

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Another picture of the same model, from Wikipedia.

759px-L-W-F_Engineering_Co.jpg

 

No Wikipedia article on it. Nice looking design.

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2 hours ago, Dutch2 said:

It is an L.W.F. model V an US made plane. 

page 241 Jane ‘s fighting aircraft of WW1 

Good find! Well done!

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"Rosebud's Early Aviation" is a fine website for identifying planes. At least, if you have SOME idea about the nationality.
Cause you have to click each link to see the photos, and that is a looong list...

 

The site was gone for some time, but then someone saved it as a historical archive. I found plenty of interesting craft there,
which I had never heard of before. Enjoy!

 

http://chezpeps.free.fr/musee/early/archive1.htm

 

EDIT: Dammit, the site cannot be reached? At least for me... Is it down again? Does anybody know a newer address?

 

 

Edited by Wolfram-Harms

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On 2/11/2019 at 11:02 AM, Hellbender said:

 

 

 

LWF_Model_V_Tractor_pic1.jpg

OT, but where is this wonderful museum stocked full of locomotives, cars, motorcycles and aircraft?

 

Nevermind - I see it is in Prague.  Looks like an amazing museum.

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