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My dad saved an old set of elevators. They were of some significance to him as they were "representative examples" of production articles. For what aircraft I do not know, and that is the question, identifying the aircraft type. Since he worked for Porterfield Aircraft, Schweizer Aircraft, and others during the 1930s / 1940s and he always had interest or involvement of light aircraft from the 1920's forward, i assume they belong to an aircraft type he worked on or had involvement with.

These have been hanging on the wall in our families garage since the late 1950s or early 1960s. Attached are a couple of pictures of these elevators. Any help with identifying the elevators to the type of aircraft would be appreciated. I hate to scrap parts without first knowing what they are. These are made of welding steel and are NOT serviceable items. If I cant identify them, we will eventually be forced to scrap them.

Thanks

Bill Skinner

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Do you have dimensions to go with the photo, Bill?  Was this originally one piece and it broke/rusted in the middle?  Can you take a photo more straight on so we can get a better sense of the profile?

Andy. The elevator was originally all one piece. The piece with the bell-cramp is 43", the other side is about 40.5".  The construction is all steel, welded, and looks as if it were broken in a mishap (not rusted). Unfortunately, i didn't get a picture with the other dimension so i will have to revisit that and get some new pictures.

close up of the bell-crank and hinge half. (ha! just saw the "auto type" mistake, "bell-cramp". that's funny).

Bill Skinner said:

Andy. The elevator was originally all one piece. The piece with the bell-cramp is 43", the other side is about 40.5".  The construction is all steel, welded, and looks as if it were broken in a mishap (not rusted). Unfortunately, i didn't get a picture with the other dimension so i will have to revisit that and get some new pictures.

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