enter image description hereThis was my grandfather's plane, picture taken, I believe, in 1942. My grandparents are long gone and I have no one to confirm the ID of this plane, but from internet searches, it looks like a Taylorcraft BC-65. Would the experts out there please weigh in?

Possible Taylorcraft BC-65


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Yes, that is a Taylorcraft BC-65, or possibly a BL-65. The configuration of the wing struts and the struts visible inside the windscreen are all consistent with B-series Taylorcraft. The greater depth of the windscreen and side windows helps distinguish it from later variants such as the BC12-65. The small trim surface visible below the horizontal tail is further clue that this is a BC-65 or BL-65. Here are some links to photos of other BC-65s or BL-65s with the same trim surface:

http://russellw.com/photoalbum/photo_query_results.asp?qModel=eBL-65 (scroll down to 4th photo)

https://www.aircraft.com/aircraft/201009513/n23683-1939-taylorcraft-bl-65 https://www.airliners.net/photo/Untitled/Taylorcraft-BC-65/623696 https://www.airliners.net/photo/Untitled/Taylorcraft-BC-65/5214477 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Taylorcraft_BC-65_%28N24393%29.jpg https://www.skytamer.com/Taylorcraft_B.html

  • $\begingroup$ Now, if someone finds a photo of a BC12-65 with that same trim surface, I'll have to modify this answer-- (I couldn't find one)-- but even in that case I still believe it is the older BC-65 or BL-65. $\endgroup$ Dec 8, 2023 at 13:57

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