What is this Biplane

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    Timbob

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    Not so good pic taken by me, I used to run through the Udvar-Hazy Center in VA when flying through...

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    Sperry Messenger
     
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    No clue as to what it is, but it sure is cute!
     
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    Thanks, I gooooogled it and no immediate specs, I wonder if the drawings are preserved?
     
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    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verville-Sperry_M-1_Messenger
    Very interesting! This little airplane had a huge life. Hooked on an airship, landed at the capitol, research...
    Looks like it had a few different wings, the one in the wind tunnel looks thick, almost like a Cub wing, others are thin. One looks like they might have had Leading Edge Flaps. Look at the mechanism on the wing tips.
    Designed to be a good handling, easy to fly, good performer on low HP. Sounds like a candidate for revival. Has a home built been based on it?

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    Yes, I have seen pictures of a Sperry Messenger replica, with a Lycoming engine I believe..
     
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    So I was laying in bed last night, thinking what would/could a modernized Messenger look like? If the simple, low cost, good flying, goals were kept in mind???
    Then I thought, don't reinvent the wheel, Mong already did it!
    Then your post this morning.:)
     

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