De Havilland DH-4

Blue, white, and red striped tail of tan De Havilland DH-4 biplane
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The United States possessed no combat-worthy aircraft upon entry into World War I in 1917. Several European aircraft were considered. The British DH-4 was selected because of its comparatively simple construction and its apparent adaptability to mass production. It was also well-suited to the new American 400-horsepower Liberty V-12 engine. American-built DH-4s were dubbed the "Liberty Plane." Highlighted in this image are a vertical stabilizer and tail of the De Havilland DH-4.

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09/15/2017

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Mark Avino

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A19190051000-NASM2018-10319

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