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.