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Old 24th December 2020, 13:46
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Photos Chinese Aircraft

Hello,


Currently on ebay are two photos of Stearman PT-17 aircraft of the Chinese Elementary Flying Training School based in Lahore at :


https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WW2-ORIGI...kAAOSwKcxf42iG


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Old 24th December 2020, 19:56
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Re: Photos Chinese Aircraft

Thanks Clint

They got 150. First one I have seen with a Chinese serial number.
Pity we have no dates

What do you make of the line up and the first aircraft's number?
Last digit looks like a five to me....

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Old 24th December 2020, 20:11
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Hi Stig,


The first aircraft in the line up I read as 85 and the next one back as 80. I can't say I have any idea about the significance of the numbers,but Lennart Andersson's A history of Chinese Aviation has a photo of a PT-17 with number 33 cowling and 216010 on the fuselage. Could the latter number be the 2 from the US year 42- and the remainder the individual aircraft serial so 42-16010. It appears to make sense. If so the number on the cowling is unrelated and thus both that photo and the machines on ebay show flying school numbers on the cowling.


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Old 25th December 2020, 17:41
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Re: Photos Chinese Aircraft

Hi Clint

Yes I have his book as well, and the digits on the cowling seems unrelated to the serial number, ie No 33 was not the 33rd PT-17 delivered, unless they arrived into India very randomly. I also believe the photo in Lennart's book was taken either in USA or very shortly after arrival in India. I have another photo of a PT-17 without any digits on the cowling.

I know terribly little about the Chinese serial number system developed by the central Government in the 1930s, so it is rather pointless just to ramble about it here, but I believe we only see the last two/three digits of the true serial number in these photos.
Unfortunately I have no idea which number the Chinese used to identify their PT-17s with. Probably 17 or 75....

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