Need help with identification

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evangilder

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HI guys,

my knowledge of WWI planes is pretty limited. Can anyone identifiy this airplane that I took a shot of last year and forgot to note it's type? I appreciate it!
 

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evangilder said:
HI guys,

my knowledge of WWI planes is pretty limited. Can anyone identifiy this airplane that I took a shot of last year and forgot to note it's type? I appreciate it!

What, you don't know one of the classics of WW1? :D

Looks like it is suppose to be a SE5a with a Wolsely Viper direct drive 220hp engine, though the air intake is a tad high.
 
mosquitoman said:
They all look the same though, that's the problem

That's how I see it too. But I know there are differences. I have hundreds of books on WWII, Korea, Vietname and aviation in general. My WWI bok count is about 3! Maybe I need to invest in some WWI books!
 
It looks like an SE5, but there is something odd about it...the engine doesnt seem long enough, and the cowl too square. I dont suppose you'd know what engine is in it Evan?
 
I have no idea. I took the picture as I was walking down to get shots of a Stearman. I usually make a mental note of planes that I shoot, but I missed this one. If it shows up at the show this year, I will look again more closely.
 
For what its worth I also think that its a replica which is about 2/3rds the size of a real one.
I have seen replicas and originals and the balance isn't right
 
the wings look wrong for a se5a. the picture below is of the shuttleworth collections origional se5a:

to me it looks like the wings on that plane have been taken off something like a dh9.
 

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