Saturday, January 03, 2015
I think I have mentioned my love of airplanes at least twice on this blog. As with my love of old cars, I know basically nothing about them, but just enjoy them as amazing machines that can also be beautiful examples of industrial design.
This first one is so clear and colorful that it's hard to believe it was taken in September, 1949. 65 years ago! The picture was taken at one of the airports in Duluth, Minnesota (not sure which one, though). I love the dramatic sky. Are there any airplane nuts who can name the aircraft taxiing toward us?
This next one is undated and unmarked, though I would not be surprised it it is also from "somewhere in Minnesota". A floatplane sits at a dock, loading supplies for a group of fishermen. Years ago my dad took my brothers and me on a fishing trip up into Canada, and we flew to the lake in a small plane much like this one. Landing on a lake was a new experience! We were dropped off in front of our cabin and didn't see another human being for a whole week. The only sign that there were other beings in the world was the occasional jets flying high overhead.
Here's another one that looks like it could have been taken yesterday, but it is in fact from January, 1948. In this case the slide was helpfully labeled "Lake Kekekabic", which is a small lake in Minnesota, only a few miles from the Canadian border (and roughly 80 miles north of Duluth). I am presuming that the neat airplane landed to pick up some ice fisherman (notice the smoke pot to the right). Man, it looks cold there!
I hope you have enjoyed today's vintage airplanes!