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Circa 1910 airplane with tail number seventy two

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Circa 1910 airplane with tail number seventy two

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It is a Wright, allright, but more probably an EX. The EX was a modified Model R, which in turn was a modification of the Model B. The R and the EX were single seaters, whereas the B would seat two.

Picture of a Model B replica, as taken from its Wikipedia article: Picture of a Model B replica

Picture of a Model EX, taken from this site. Picture of the "Vin Fizz", a Wright Model EX

The EX was the model used by Cal Rodgers for his epic transcontinental flight. Note the lengthened tail and the closer wings, which allowed to reduce rigging wire and, thus, drag. The "72" shows the same features, so I think it is a Wright Model EX.

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  • $\begingroup$ Really appreciate all the help. I am so curious what the "72" is indicative of and what field it was in (empty grandstands in background) but I fear this may never be known. Thanks again guys :) $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 24, 2015 at 23:22
  • $\begingroup$ @VerticalLiquid: It is obvious from marks in the corners that the picture was in an album - do you still have the album? This might give more context. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 25, 2015 at 4:54
  • $\begingroup$ Unfortunately I am an old photo collector and this was purchased by itself. I would love to have that album however ;) $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 25, 2015 at 12:19
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    $\begingroup$ @VerticalLiquid: It's good to know that collectors like you value those historic documents - if it weren't for you, the picture might not exist anymore. Not everyone takes so much care to preserve historic collections like Dean Putney, after all. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 25, 2015 at 14:32
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you for the kind words Peter. It can be an expensive hobby but worth it. I find myself burning up the "whale oil" many nights going through my albums. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 25, 2015 at 19:29
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Looks very much like a Wright Model R. Some information can be found here, a picture from that site below:

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(source: wright-brothers.org)

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    $\begingroup$ Looks very close, but the "72" has a bigger wing: Outside of the props, the Model R has only one pair of struts, but 72 has two. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 24, 2015 at 16:11
  • $\begingroup$ @PeterKämpf indeed, you appear to be right. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 25, 2015 at 8:22

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