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

Rapid-fire facts

Photo credit: San Diego Air and Space Museum
  • Built for the Cleveland Speed Foundation
  • Nicknamed Sky Buzzard
  • First winner of the Bendix Trophy
  • Flown by Maj. James H. Doolittle


  • Wingspan: 21ft (6.4m)
  • Length: 19ft 6” (5.94m)
  • Wing area: 112ft2 (10.4m2)
  • Empty weight: 1,580 lb (717kg)
  • Engine: Pratt & Whitney Wasp Jr. R-985 Radial, 535hp (399kW)
October 2016 answer:

Sikorsky H-34/S-58

October 2016 winner:

Paul Omichinski, Principal Engineer, Barnes Aerospace, Windsor, Connecticut

How long have you been in the aerospace business?

39 years

How did you become interested in aircraft?

It’s a family thing. Dad spent his life with flying machines and in the industry. Guess I fell for them too, from engineering to manufacturing to flying them. Never found a better way to convert money into noise.

What is your favorite aircraft (and why)?

The Beech 17 for the sheer elegance of the Golden Age planes; Republic P-47 for the brute, purposeful war birds; and the Northrop F-5/T-38 for just plain sexiest.


Gilbert Mesec

President, Swangate Int’l., Hague, Virginia

David Turner

R&D Project Engineer, Eclipse Composites Engineering, Bluffdale, Utah

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 March 10, 2017. Winners will be announced in the April-May 2017 issue.

Have fun, and good luck!

For a full set of rules, please visit

Look what Paul won!

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