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Mystery Poster

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This poster has been a staple of many aviation clubs and offices for a number of years.  But - what are the details of the crash of this original "Plane in a Tree" photo?

What We Know...

The poster is sepia-tone, and shows an Curtiss JN-4  "Jenny", painted in American painted and with the tail number of #38057.

"Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect."

— Attributed to Captain Alfred Gilmer Lamplugh, British Aviation Insurance Group, London. c. early 1930's. This famous phrase has been reproduced on posters and plaques many times,almost always with the attribution of 'anonymous.'

But where and when did this mishap take place?

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