L.W.F. Owl: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery (II).

Obviously inspired by the iconic Caproni twin-fuselage bombers of the Great War, the majestic Model H was developed in 1919-20. Powered by three of the then almost inevitable 400hp Liberty, the Owl was conceived originally as a long range night mail carrier- hence its nickname. During tests the Owl displayed superb load and speed capacities. The military soon became interested and evaluated it as a bomber. In the end, being originally designed as a civilian aircraft, its configuration hampered the possible adaptation to military use. Only one was built.

The Owl flying, in full daylight, over Mitchell Field.

Photo: Library of Congress.

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