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Can anyone identify this biplane.

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to the site. It helps to add as much info as possible, good example: aviation.stackexchange.com/q/89796/14897 You can press Edit. $\endgroup$
    – user14897
    Nov 8, 2021 at 21:36
  • $\begingroup$ The tail number under the wing appears to read "NC12..." or "N612..." perhaps? $\endgroup$
    – abelenky
    Nov 8, 2021 at 22:15
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    $\begingroup$ @abelenky It’s a C. “A second letter indicating the aircraft's airworthiness category followed the N and preceded the identification numbers. These airworthiness indicators were; "C" for standad, "R" for restricted, "X" for experimental, and later an "L" for limited, (for example, NC1234).”faa.gov/licenses_certificates/aircraft_certification/… $\endgroup$
    – JScarry
    Nov 8, 2021 at 23:46
  • $\begingroup$ I'd tend to think it's a variant of the Laird Swallow with another engine, perhaps NC1236. Here are the 3-figure ids, and here the 4-figure ids starting with NC12. $\endgroup$
    – mins
    Nov 9, 2021 at 14:00
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    $\begingroup$ @mins don't forget the 5-figures ids $\endgroup$
    – DeltaLima
    Nov 9, 2021 at 21:32

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From what I have seen (I put in some screen time), I'd have to agree with mins that it appears to be a variant of the Laird Swallow. There are 5 Swallows on the registration list between 1236 and 1297. The small bit of the third number makes me think that it is a 6 or a 9, and I'd probably guess a 9, which would make it NC1297, assuming, of course, that it had a 4 digit reg number. NC1297 is a Swallow, last registered to Orin Welch Aircraft Co of Indiana. Swallows were manufactured with several different engines, so the odd cowling isn't much of a concern.


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