JF Ptak Science Books LLC Post 483 (continuing Post 20)
In one of my earliest posts on this blog I wrote: I've always been intrigued by antiquarian images
that looked straight down, or up, at things--90 degree, perpendicular, real
straight-on stuff, giving a feel for depth (or height) and perspective.
Funny thing is that in the wide world of scientific images, they really don't
show up very often." Still rue. I really haven't noticed that many straight-on images--perhaps the paucity of these things is as simple as them not being "as pretty" as other views. I have found another, today, showing the interior of the "spacious RAF" Vickers "Victoria" troop carrier aircraft for (January 5) 1929. It was indeed spacious for the time, and was one of the largest planes in the air.
The Vickers Victoria first flew in 1922—this 1929 monster was powered by two 570hp engines which allowed it to cruise at a modest 110 mph, taking it 11 minutes to climb to 4900 feet. It had a crew of two and carried 22 troops—it looked as though it might do more than that, but this was quite a load given the time and the altitude at which the plane would function. As you can see by the fellow standing in the foreground, it was a very tall plane—17 feet tall, with a 59’ long body on a massive 87’ wingspan (that made even more impressive by the wings’ 2,178 square foot surface).
The view here is from the rear of the aircraft looking straight forward, and I notice that the pilots didn’t have any backrest for their seats. The interior, even though fairly threadbare and essential, did have upholstered seats for the folding chairs.