Aerospace Manufacturing and Design welcomes all aircraft enthusiasts to join the fun and NAME THAT PLANE! Each issue, a new aircraft will be featured. Given a photo and a clue box, readers are encouraged to guess what plane is being described and submit their answers to

Photo Credit: National Museum of the United States Air Force

Rapid-fire facts

  • American pursuit aircraft
  • First flight: June 25, 1928
  • Principal operators: U.S. Navy, U.S. Army Air Corps
  • Number built: 586


  • Wingspan: 30ft (9.14m)
  • Length: 20ft 4” (6.19m)
  • Height: 9ft (2.74m)
  • Max. speed: 189mph (304km/h)
  • Engine: Pratt & Whitney R-1340-17, 500hp (373kW)
Jan/Feb 2017 answer:

Laird Super Solution LC-DW500

January/February 2017 winner

Len Williams, Project Engineer, ETI Tech Inc., Englewood, Ohio

How long have you been in the aerospace business?

30-1/2 years of my 47 years in engineering.

How did you become interested in aircraft?

My dad was a career U.S. Air Force non-commissioned officer, so I grew up around airbases. I saw the Thunderbirds for the first time when I was seven and saw a B-58 take off, which was spectacular!

What is your favorite aircraft?

The Hawker Typhoon. It was a powerful brute! The A-10 is my favorite jet for the same reason.


Keith Krasnowski

Chief Designer, Systima Technologies Inc., Kirkland, Washington

J. Pablo Moreno Sepúlveda

Supply Chain - Procurement Aernnova, Miñano, Spain

submission procedure:

To enter the contest, visit and fill out the provided entry form. Only completed forms will qualify.

The entry deadline for this issue’s contest is June 2, 2017. Winners will be announced in the July 2017 issue.

Have fun, and good luck!

For a full set of rules, please visit

Look what Len won!

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