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M2morris
01-23-2007, 07:32 PM
I stumbled upon this in the town of Caruthers CA yesterday 01-22-07. I went into the mini-mart, got a pepsi and asked the girl at the register if she knew the story behind that plane out there. She said:
" I dont know, all I know is its a WW2 plane with no engine."
I asked:
"Well, dont you have any information about it? a post card or something, is there anything at all in the store that can tell me anything at all about it?"
She looked at her mother(I suppose) and they both just shrugged thier shoulders and gave me a blank stare.
"That'll be a dollar forty nine."
The mini-mart is ancient, the plane must have been put there 40 years ago, back when there were gas pumps.
I went out, drinking my pepsi, checking out this plane, but I dont know what it is yet. I thought maybe it was am SBD at very first, then I thought AT6, but its not; the V stab is diff. Well, I just hope they dont sell it for scrap or something, I hope the CAF or some outfit finds it first. Maybe you guys can ID this plane, or maybe even help rescue it.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b206/planegeek/00004.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b206/planegeek/001.jpg

berg417448
01-23-2007, 08:43 PM
Looks alot like a BT-13.

http://www.bt-13.org/

NHawk52
01-23-2007, 09:43 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/agreepost.gif That site has a listing of BT-13A serial numbers and notes the following:

"41-10571 - c/n 2888. Became N57414. Was noted Mar 26, 1988 on top of a garage on Interstate 41 at Caruthers, CA; was still there in October 2000."

RAF74_Raptor
01-25-2007, 06:19 AM
Well I was completly wrong I was thinking Avenger

ElAurens
01-25-2007, 09:29 PM
Way too small to be an Avenger.

3.JG51_BigBear
01-25-2007, 10:28 PM
That thing was built to last.

stansdds
01-26-2007, 05:18 AM
Without a doubt, it is (was) a Vultee BT-13.

Nimits
01-31-2007, 09:33 PM
Way too small to be an Avenger

No turret either.

I would have guess an AT-6 as well (which is superficually similar to the BT-13).

KG26_Oranje
02-02-2007, 03:21 PM
Its not a TBM Avanger ex fire fighter.

Old avangers where rebuild as fire fighters in late 50`s/60`s buht compare tail to my picture
and than compare it wiht the BT-13.
http://www.1000aircraftphotos.com/MilitaryProp/349.jpg
TBM Avanger.

http://www.1000aircraftphotos.com/Contributions/McKillop/1744.jpg
BT-13A
I`m going for the Vultee BT-13A or BT-15
Hope u get ure anser
S! I/KG26_Oranje.

DIRTY-MAC
02-02-2007, 07:01 PM
Its a Vultee, look at the tail

Nimits
02-02-2007, 09:25 PM
Its not a TBM Avanger ex fire fighter.

Avengers remaining in service after WWII as ASW or medavac aircraft were rebuilt in a similar fashion. But like we have all said, it is the wrong shape and size for an Avenger. I tihnk it is the squared wing-tips that might lead one to have an initial impression that the plane is a TBF/TBM.

GreyFox5
02-03-2007, 11:06 PM
Have to agree its a BT-13

M2morris
02-06-2007, 07:31 AM
If you guys want me to, I can easily go back and take some-more detailed and up-close pics of the plane. Its not too far from where I live.

M2morris
02-06-2007, 07:38 AM
Originally posted by M2morris:
If you guys want me to, I can easily go back and take some-more detailed and up-close pics of the plane. Its not too far from where I live.
...and I can grab some beer or sodas and chips too while I'm at it, who wants to pitch in?

berg417448
02-06-2007, 08:50 AM
Originally posted by M2morris:
If you guys want me to, I can easily go back and take some-more detailed and up-close pics of the plane. Its not too far from where I live.


I thought NHawk52 nailed it with his answer...specific as to location.

Tater-SW-
02-06-2007, 09:53 AM
Yeah, how many people have to show pictures of BT-13s before this is IDed as a BT-13?

LOL

stansdds
02-07-2007, 04:15 AM
Originally posted by Tater-SW-:
Yeah, how many people have to show pictures of BT-13s before this is IDed as a BT-13?

LOL

Evidently far more than have already been posted.

The definition of insanity is the repetition of the same process, over and over again, getting the same result every time, yet always expecting a different result.

Philipscdrw
02-07-2007, 01:08 PM
Originally posted by stansdds:
The definition of insanity is the repetition of the same process, over and over again, getting the same result every time, yet always expecting a different result.

Oh dear. My degree course makes me insane.

Treetop64
02-07-2007, 08:41 PM
Originally posted by stansdds:
The definition of insanity is the repetition of the same process, over and over again, getting the same result every time, yet always expecting a different result.

So, um...
Is that, like, a bad thing?