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Lost and forgotten photos from the past

This is a great snapshot of airplane mechanics working in and around the propeller of a small plane. I don’t know much about planes, so I will date this one to the 1960s and leave it at that. :-)

UPDATE: Iggy and “the old guys” identified this as a Taylorcraft BC model, which likely predates the 1950s. Great work guys!

5 thoughts on “Airplane mechanics

  1. IntenseGuy says:

    Looks like an airplane factory!

    The radiators of airplanes are much like automobiles as identification means. The unspatted wheels might date this plane pre-1950s…

    I think this is a circa 1946 Taylorcraft BC12D but would have to check with some old farts my dad hangs out with to be certain.


  2. Auntie Kat says:

    Really cool! The guy on the left seems to be checking drawings.


  3. IntenseGuy says:

    This is definitely a Taylorcraft airplane. The old guys say it is a BC model of some sort.


    1. Mrs Marvel says:

      So is this a 1940s snapshot? Great work here and thanks to the old farts. :-)


  4. IntenseGuy says:

    It’s hard to say for sure – the model didn’t change much over the years – but I think this photo pre-dates 1950. Most of the BC and BD models were built just before and just after WWII.

    With only the radiator and the spatless wheels to go by… I can’t be more specific.

    http://www.pbase.com/tcartpilot/image/136697369 shows a close up of a 1941 Taylorcraft BC12 radiator which looks a lot like the one in your photo.


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