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Offline Skyblazer

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Kinner Invader
« on: May 30, 2010, 04:53:57 am »
While browsing through the San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives at Flickr, I happened on a couple of photographs depicting a pre-1945 twin-engine aircraft that was totally unknown to me, and described as a Kinner Invader. Not only it is new to me, but its identity is strange, since:

  • If it was meant for the civilian market, "Invader" doesn't sound too good a commercial name...
  • If it was planned for military purpose, its configuration designates it as a natural contender for the 1940-41 advanced trainer competition against the Curtiss-Wright CW-25 Fledgling (AT-9 Jeep) and the Beechcraft Model 25/26 Wichita (AT-10). The use of the name "Invader", besides, makes it pre-1942, as after this date the Douglas A-26 became well-known under that same monicker.
  • The civilian registration "NC17685" appears in the civil register as a "Morris-Roden GMR-1 glider" and thre is no mention of it being reallocated.

Are we in the presence of "fake" pictures of a planned design? If so, they seem really well done.

Offline richard

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Re: Kinner Invader
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2010, 05:11:05 am »
From the Aerofiles  :

KINNER  "CG-14 Invader 1935 - 6pClwM. POP: 1 constructed to covering stage, but was never completed."

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Re: Kinner Invader
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2010, 05:14:50 am »
Looks like Richard solved that mystery. :D
« Last Edit: May 30, 2010, 05:16:21 am by Pelzig »

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Re: Kinner Invader
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2010, 05:18:51 am »
Richard, thanks! Another Aerofiles entry I had overlooked. So it is 1935... Looks pretty advanced a design for the time!

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Kinner Airplane & Motor Company went bankrupt in 1937 and the aircraft rights of Kinner was bought up by Timm Aircraft Company. Kinner's aircraft engine division, however, was reorganized as Kinner Motor Inc. As far as I can tell, the last Kinner aircraft design was in 1934, the Envoy C-7 (XRK-1 in U.S. Navy service).

Pelzig, yeah, but thanks for the info! I'm leaving it here in quote for reference!