Stabilizer ID

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    v8sharkie New Member

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    Trying to get an ID on this stabilizer and wanted to see if anyone can help ID. I can't seem to find an exact match. Anyone have an idea? The tag dates to pre-war (30's)

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    Looks like it came off a Douglas Dauntless but someone who knows the numbers on the placard should be able to confirm. You might want to post the numbers as the pic is hard to read.
     
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    Thanks Crimea - I thought that, too. The tag is unfortunately very hard to read. I'll see if I can get a better photo. The overall shape is similar to that of a Dauntless, but there are the curved arms that attach to the elevator. I'm having trouble finding a photo with an exact match (and I feel like the elevators aren't the same size - these seem smaller than the ones in photos when the arms are present). So far all I've come up with are Curtiss SOC Seagull and SBC Helldiver. Here's some of what I've found:
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    #4 Capt. Vick, Jul 31, 2015
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    My guess is a Vultee BT-13 Valiant

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    I think you guessed right!
     
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    Capt. Vick! You Nailed it - Thanks so much! I was looking on top of the stabilizer and there they were hiding underneath. Very cool since my Pops works at one of the old Vultee plants.
    Oh - and if anyone is interested here's the better photo of the data plate. 6-17-41

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    There used to be a deralict BT-13 on the north west corner of Jerusalem Avenue and I believe Bellmore Avenue (in the town of Bellmore here on Long Island, NY) that my Dad would take me to every few years. Each year there would be less and less of it, until the last time there was just the rear fuselage. Maybe, since that area was once a flower growing haven it was modified for crop dusting and left to rot when civilization crept it, but that's just a guess. Amazingly, two of my coworkers also remember it from their childhood.
     
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