My grand uncle, that is my grandfather's brother had a flight school and performed in barnstorming shows somewhere in the midwest and it's not a Jenny. His name was Ralph Bloxham and is seen with his flying cap on in the rear cockpit.
I've found a few planes with similar characteristics but none with them all. Can you identify the plane?
- Single bay biplane.
- N- type interplane struts.
- Little to no dihedral.
- Rear cockpit is just below the trailing edge of the top wing, no cutout in the top wing.
- Dual (upper and lower wing) ailerons with push/pull link.
- Non-radial (inline or V engine, likely water-cooled but possibly air-cooled such as a Franklin)
- Two blade prop.
- Bipod cabane struts at the front spar, single rear spar cabane strut.
- Mild stagger of the top wing forward, Wire wheels (may be missing covers)
- No brakes, interesting side panel on fuselage with a radiused front edge, rather long- coupled empennage which is not visible in the photo.
- Fuselage is rather slab sided with pretty constant taper and is very slender aft of the cockpits.
- Bottom of engine cowl tapers up toward the front, and no protruding push rods or exhaust manifolds visible.
- Engine cover is not higher than the fuselage contour line (no hump)
- Exhaust out the side or both sides, don't know but there's some semblance to the liberty engine.
The N strut design seems to be a rather uncommon trait as I search, most are wired only, and so is the completely enclosed long engine cowl/cover which rules out all radial or rotary types. Single bay rules out many. What do you think?