Friday, November 11, 2011

Biplane



Today's picture was taken in about 1935, and it shows a very early form of commercial air travel. The plane is actually a twin engine biplane with closed passenger compartment. I had never seen one like this before. The picture was taken at an airport in Israel.

8 comments:

  1. For its time that was one sleek looking De Havilland dh.89 Dragon Rapide.
    it was a six/eight-passenger airliner was a scaled-down, twin engined version of the D.H.86 Dragon four-engined biplane airliner.

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  2. That is a good looking aircraft. What is the tiny prop on the upper wing just out from the windows? An airpseed indicator?

    Speaking of biplanes I recently found a cool blog of a fellow in Georgia who is restoring a Curtiss Jenny. So far a six year labor of love. Definately worth a look.

    http://curtissjennyrestoration.blogspot.com/

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  3. recumbent conspiracy theorist

    I'm pretty sure that it is a generator to keep the batteries charged up

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  4. Dadd,

    Yes that sounds good. I found a picture that shows the plane a bit closer up. It sure looks like a magneto or automotive type alternator stuck on the wing.

    http://www.airliners.net/photo/Australian-National-Airways/De-Havilland-DH-89/1998894/L/

    I like aviation history but just don't know alot about the nuts and bolts side of it.

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  5. The best time came and went today.
    11 seconds after 11 minutes after 11 o'clock.
    In other words
    11:11:11,11,11.
    I guess it will happen again tonight.

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  6. Great blog site! The idea that Israel would be on the cutting edge of technology in the bygone day of 1935 is cool!

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  7. Has anyone seen the new British Airways commercial? It's simply excellent, and this particular plane, as well as the DC 3 (pictured in another one of these photos) appears in it.

    I've linked in the ad to my blog. It's well worth watching:

    http://lexanteinternet.blogspot.com/2011/11/british-airways-our-advert-2011-to-fly.html

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