Recently acquired at an antique store without any information.

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Full size photo is at my Flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/photolibrarian/13429182134/

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    This might be on-topic at Aviation Stack Exchange as well. Mar 26, 2014 at 16:38
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    Post the photo in the post, not a link. Also, this is off topic. Apr 5, 2014 at 21:44

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It appears to be a Douglas BT-2B. Here is an example for comparison:

Douglas BT-2B

The BT-2B was the first production model of the trainer version of the Douglas O-2.

The specific plane in your picture is USAAC serial number 31-35. You can see the "35" printed on the tail.

Here is what Joe Baugher's USAF Aircraft Serial Number list has to say about this plane:

35 w/o at Bolling Field, DC Feb 28, 1934

This means that the plane was written off (as unrepairable) at Bolling Field in Washington D.C. on February 28, 1934.

It's possible, as pointed out in the comments, that the serial number is actually 31-85, as the tail number is a little blurry. That airframe was written off at Randolph Field, TX on 9/15/1932. Source


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