I was on a tour at the University of Maryland, and I saw these wings sitting against the wall:

I asked the guide, and he had no idea. (In case you can't tell these are two wings. The green lines indicate the extent of the two wings.)

What aircraft do these belong to?

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    $\begingroup$ For those who are voting to close as "Unclear". This is as clear as it can get. $\endgroup$ Apr 2, 2016 at 20:42
  • $\begingroup$ @ptgflyer: Is that photo taken at the College Park Aviation Museum? $\endgroup$ Apr 3, 2016 at 1:17
  • $\begingroup$ @Mike Sowsun: No, it's in one of the labs. $\endgroup$
    – ptgflyer
    Apr 4, 2016 at 14:17
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    $\begingroup$ There is a wingless Ercoupe on display at the College Park Aviation Museum. I wonder if those wings belong to it. pierregillard.zenfolio.com/img/s11/v32/p1391446624-2.jpg $\endgroup$ Apr 4, 2016 at 14:21
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    $\begingroup$ The wingless Ercoupe you are talking about was my dads for 22 years. If I examined those wings, I could tell if they came from his plane. Are the wings still there? You can contact me at [email protected] or [email protected]. I would be interested in acquiring these wings before they are disposed of if that is possible. Lindsay. $\endgroup$
    – user16044
    Jul 24, 2016 at 5:21

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Those wings are from an ERCO Ercoupe. The diagonal ribs are very distinctive.

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    $\begingroup$ Interesting: the first photo you supplied shows a wooden wing structure, whereas the remaining photos—as with the photo in the question—show metal structure; they all appear to have the same shape. Looks like the aircraft was built with wood during WWII due to aluminum shortages. Or perhaps it wasn't built during the war, but only served as a proof of concept? $\endgroup$
    – J W
    Apr 2, 2016 at 20:38
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    $\begingroup$ Yes, they used wood in WWII. $\endgroup$ Apr 2, 2016 at 20:42
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    $\begingroup$ This required super-power in identification. Standing ovation! $\endgroup$
    – mins
    Apr 2, 2016 at 20:52

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