My Grandfather was an airplane owner in the early 1940s. This picture was taken between 1941-1946 from what we believe. I would like to know the make and model of aircraft so I can model it. Any help would be wonderful Thanksenter image description here

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    Welcome to History SE. Nice first answer. Maybe you want to try also at aviation.stackexchange.com, which seem to have a pretty good record at it (aviation.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/…). There is no problem with posting the same question in other sites, as long as it remains on-topic (and it seems good for both sites). PS: If you get an answer in aviation, it would be nice to leave a link to it here; you can answer your own question.
    – SJuan76
    Commented Apr 5, 2018 at 16:04
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    Which country was the photograph taken in? Commented Apr 5, 2018 at 17:44
  • If the picture was taken in the US, then you could search for the partial registration number (showing on the wing in the picture) in the US Civil Aircraft Register to get a short list of possibilities. Commented Apr 5, 2018 at 18:32
  • @JohnDallman - It would be nice to have official word, but I was operating on the basis it was the US. That is I believe the only country that spells "airplane" without the "o", and was also about the only country making airplanes during the period in question that weren't designated for that country's army. The suits and hats are kind of screaming "USA" to me as well, but I could be wrong about that.
    – T.E.D.
    Commented Apr 5, 2018 at 18:56
  • Thanks for all of the information. Yes this is the US. In fact Vernon County Wisconsin. My Grandfather was a shoe salesman and wanted to start selling in other states under the Red Goose name. This was short lived as he ended up with cancer from we can tell and died in 1946. He is the dapper gentleman in the middle. My next step is to model this aircraft. Thanks again for all of the responses. What a wonderful site.
    – Tim Lemke
    Commented Apr 5, 2018 at 19:45

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Just a guess... it looks like a Cessna DC-6B:

Cessna DC-6B

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    That looks very possible. According to the US Civil Aircraft Register, a Cessna DC-6B carried the registration NC6444 Commented Apr 5, 2018 at 18:38
  • Yes this is probably it. Silly me was looking at aircraft from the 30's and 40's; this one first flew in 1929, so I never found it. According to the website, there were only about 24 of them made (4 of which were impressed by the Air Force in '42).
    – T.E.D.
    Commented Apr 5, 2018 at 20:43

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