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User currently offlineWingscrubber From UK - England, joined Sep 2001, 845 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4504 times:

Hello photographers,

I had a query and was wondering if some of you may be able to assist - I've been looking for a picture I saw on the internet somewhere a while back which was fascinating, but cannot find it again.
I thought perhaps if I described it, somebody might know which picture or aircraft it was that I saw.

It was a black-and-white picture of an aircraft probably from 1915-1920 era of a fairly large early russian multi-engined bi-plane civil aircraft along the lines of a Handley-Page W.8 or Vickers Vimy.

I thought it was an early Sikorsky, Tupolev or Illyushin, though it might not have been any of these - the distinguishing feature of the photo was that the aircraft appeared to have a rear open air balcony or viewing deck, with a single rear door allowing access from the enclosed 'greenhouse' cabin.

The photo depicted a man stood on the rear balcony in flight in the open air slipstream with no apparent safety measures such as a railing, crows nest or rope. The individual is just facing the camera and waving as it flew past at low level!

I thought it was an amazing find at the time, but didn't think to catalogue it or bookmark it...
I would appreciate it if anyone could tell me what aircraft this likely was, or better yet if you could find the picture!
Thanks!

-Pete


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User currently offlineIL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2237 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4458 times:

Google 'plane with balcony' and you'll find it. Sikorsky S-35.

Edit: Or how about a Sikorsky Le Grande? Has a balcony up front it seems...

[Edited 2011-03-24 11:45:50]

User currently offlineWingscrubber From UK - England, joined Sep 2001, 845 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4410 times:

Thanks for the tip! Maybe this was it.. not sure if its the same one I saw though.



The front balcony on the grande is awesome - would be windy, but a great view!

http://vintageaviation.michikusa.jp/russia_sikorsky-le-grand_1913.jpg



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