I recently acquired a black & white photograph of a group of military people posed in front of an airplane. I am seeking information about the plane, and maybe the people.

The plane is mostly obscured by the people, but it is a high-wing, single propeller plane. The wingspan looks to be about 30 feet. The wings are straight, not swept back.

The people are pretty clearly military, but I cannot tell from what country. Notably(?) , there is a woman among the two dozen men.


Friends have speculated that the woman is Amelia Earhart. The Amelia Earhart Museum says no.

Most military folks say that the uniforms are not military. They speculate that they are a delivery service or maybe an airline.


The back of the photograph has a stamped "992" in red.

Also, the photo is in a nice folder with a matte (not shown). The matte is labelled "Fas Foto".

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    $\begingroup$ Could you maybe post the picture here? $\endgroup$ – Cpt Reynolds Feb 9 '19 at 21:40
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    $\begingroup$ Hi dkalkwarf. I cropped the image to show the relevant portion. The full image is available via the revision history if someone wants to see the album as well. $\endgroup$ – a CVn Feb 10 '19 at 14:21
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    $\begingroup$ Best I can do is a J-3 Cub with the prop removed but there should be a vent hole and carb inlet screen below the crankshaft, that isn't there, so I'm not so sure. $\endgroup$ – John K Feb 10 '19 at 17:33
  • $\begingroup$ It might be good to establish where these folks are from, but they may be posing in front of a troop carrying glider. Perhaps part of a test flying or ferrying crew team. $\endgroup$ – Robert DiGiovanni Feb 10 '19 at 20:38
  • $\begingroup$ @JohnK nose area looks too wide and large overall for a J-3. Looks almost like a late WW1 design. There also seems to be faint lettering on the wing, looks like 3GS. Maybe that gives people some leads $\endgroup$ – jwenting Feb 11 '19 at 4:53

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