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A-26B "Tom Swift's Flying Machine"

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A-26B "Tom Swift's Flying Machine"
Posted by B-29 on Wednesday, September 07, 2016 9:52 AM

I am trying to find some reference photos for the rest of the markings on the A-26B "Tom Swift's Flying Machine". Currently, all I have is one photo from here: http://www.skylighters.org/history/exhibit/. Does anyone have any info on this airplane, or possibly know where to start looking? All help is appreciated, Thanks.

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  • From: Sydney, Australia
Posted by Phil_H on Wednesday, September 07, 2016 10:38 AM

Seems to be some info and a handful of photos in this article.

http://416th.com/FredStemlerMemoirs.pdf

It erroneously gives the serial number as 41-322354. The correct serial number is 43-22354

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Posted by B-29 on Wednesday, September 07, 2016 1:00 PM

Thank you Phil, that helps out a lot! Any guesses on the first letter on the boom? I can't make out whether it is a R or a P. Thanks!

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  • From: Sydney, Australia
Posted by Phil_H on Wednesday, September 07, 2016 6:45 PM

I believe it's "2A-S"

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, September 08, 2016 9:23 AM

Have you done a Google image search?  If you just do a normal Google search, it may give as one of the suggestions, looking it all the related images.  But you can choose to make the search in image search by selecting image before you even type in the search terms.  Also, I recommend actually going to the google site to do the search- not all of the linked google applications give you the option on searches.

When doing a Google image search, google does not use the same logic or scoring as it does in a web search, but it is still a good idea to put in as many relevant search terms as possible.  Ah, for the good old days when google was a pure boolean and search.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by B-29 on Thursday, September 08, 2016 9:46 AM

Phil_H

I believe it's "2A-S"

Thanks, that looks correct. And yes, the first thing I did was a google image search, followed by a normal Google search. The only photo that showed up was the one in my first post. The others were embedded in the PDF that Phil linked. I think I have enough to start making up a set of set of decals. The only thing I am missing in what is on the "banner" painted on the none. I am guessing it is the names of the crew, but I doubt that there are any more photos of it out there. Thanks for all of the help!

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  • From: Yorkville, IL
Posted by wolfhammer1 on Friday, September 09, 2016 7:02 AM

Do you know where the picture was taken, the squadron or any of the crew?  If so, do a search and see if the squadron website has any info.  When I was looking for some info about a specific B-17, I found a huge amount of info on the squadron's website, or I understand that some groups have libraries you can request info from.  Try starting there.

Good luck

John

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