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    Rudder from Unknown Airplane...

    So, last weekend I was at the AirAdventure and bought the rudder (see the photo) at one of the tents.

    I plan to hang it on my airplane themed living room wall (i.e. my mancave) as I thought it would make a good conversation piece. The previous owner acquired it from buying a pile of airplane parts somewhere in OK. He believes that it came from a WWII era airplane...either military or a heavy civilian aircraft. It stands about 69" high and is about 32" wide.

    I was just wondering if anyone knew what kind of airplane it was from. Thanks....pistolpeat32
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    Hard to tell from the single picture, but it's also quite possible that you've got an elevator there not a rudder.
    Last edited by FlyingRon; 08-03-2011 at 12:02 PM.

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    It's a Fairchild PT-19 rudder.M62A2.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelj2k View Post
    It's a Fairchild PT-19 rudder.
    If so it is missing a bit off the top

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    Thanks for the responses...I've had a few people tell me that it may be half of an elevator.

    The PT-19 is a good call, I checked the top of the rudder and there is indeed a piece missing from the top. I found a picture of the frame on the internet of someone restoring one and mine matches up pretty close.

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    That's really cool! Keep us posted if you come to a conclusion on what it is.
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    I was 95% sure it was a PT-19 (thanks to the Mikes above) until I looked at the PT-23 and 26. The rudders all seem very similar.

    BTW...nice webiste Chad...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pistolpeat32 View Post
    BTW...nice webiste Chad...
    Thank you! I hope to have the beginning of the Tailwind build site up by Monday!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pistolpeat32 View Post
    I was 95% sure it was a PT-19 (thanks to the Mikes above) until I looked at the PT-23 and 26. The rudders all seem very similar.

    BTW...nice webiste Chad...
    PT-19, 23 and 26 were virtually identical airframes from Fairchild. PT-19 had inverted inline Ranger engine where the PT- 23 had Continental. The PT-26, built for the RCAF was a PT-19 with canopy.

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