It says Capt Nungesser on the tail. I’ve researched him but can’t find out what type of plane this is. French?
The aircraft with the inscription on the rudder "Capt Nungesser" is the French aircraft "Potez VIII" 1922 model type, the second version, equipped with a 70 hp. Anzani engine.
Here is one picture from that site:
I believe what we're seeing here is Charles Nungesser's variant of a Kinner Airster. (I'm not 100%, but at the very least exploring the Airster can show how difficult identifying aircraft from this period can be.)
One of the complications of identifying aircraft from this era is that they vary far more than modern aircraft. Observing the planes outside the Kinner factory below - just among these three aircraft there are variations in tailplanes and struts, and even the wing section appears different!
Furthermore, one of Amelia Earhart's Airsters has a boxy fuselage section, the other more rounded; their tails and struts are rather different too. Both Earhart's have three-cylinder engines, but the other pictured Airsters have six cylinders (like the one in the original photo), and some had five.
However, at the risk of picking-and-choosing what fits, the similarities with a Kinner Airster are
- exposed radial engine with circular cooler / exhaust
- dihedral upper wing
- pronounced cutout in lower wing where it meets fuselage
- very distinctive central mount for the upper wing
- scalloped trailing wing edges
- cockpit placement with respect to struts and footholds
- distinctive aileron rods
- shape and scale of fuselage (lower wing does not even reach Earhart's waist)
- this configuration (small, two seat, single outer support) is quite rare
- period is correct (Nungesser died in 1929; first Airster was 1920)
Assuming this is an Airster, I'm going to speculate that Nungesser styled his tailplane to make it look a bit more World War 1 era, like the SPAD he flew in the war. Nungesser brought a whole fleet of aircraft to America, traversing the continent to re-stage World War 1 battles in the air. The aircraft behind is a SPAD XIII, possibly related to Nungesser's ill-fated attempt to sell SPADs to Cuba. source
Kinner Airster 1926 source
Airsters outside the Kinner factory source
Amelia Earhart's second Airster "The Crackerbox" (missing ailerons) source
Another Earhart's first Airster "The Canary" source
Fairly certain it's a Breguet Br. 14
Do you have any other pictures, or a higher quality one?