Item #17319 WWI Aviation Photo Album with 253 Photographs, including many early seaplanes in flight. Seaplanes WWI Aviation.
WWI Aviation Photo Album with 253 Photographs, including many early seaplanes in flight
WWI Aviation Photo Album with 253 Photographs, including many early seaplanes in flight
WWI Aviation Photo Album with 253 Photographs, including many early seaplanes in flight
WWI Aviation Photo Album with 253 Photographs, including many early seaplanes in flight

WWI Aviation Photo Album with 253 Photographs, including many early seaplanes in flight

Photo Album

Vintage photo scrapbook containing photographs from the First World War. Measuring 12" x 7.25", Miami, Florida, dated 1918-1919. With over 250 silver gelatin photographs, ranging in size from 1.75" x 2.5" to 5.5" x 8.5", of WWI early planes and servicemen, along with images of the Miami area. Aircraft pictured includes the N-9, H-16, HS-2, Aero-Marine, Sopwith Scout, and an F Boat. Multiple photos from pilot's point of view, looking forward through the cockpit, a side view through the propeller, the sky above the clouds, and an action shot of the H-16 making a clean water landing. Most photos capture the H-16, an amphibious vehicle with a hull allowing for water landing, also commonly referred to as a flying boat. U.S. Navy H-16s were for the most part kept at home and did not see foreign service, but ran anti-submarine patrols from their own naval stations. Some of the H-16s, however, arrived at bases in the UK in time to see limited service just before the cessation of hostilities and were manned by British crews, while the few American pilots that saw combat flew in the DH-4 Liberty (unpictured). The H-16 was equipped with two mounted Lewis light machine guns on the hull, which is depicted in one photo. Navy pilots disliked H-16 because, in the event of a crash landing, the large engines above and behind the cockpit were likely to break loose and continue forward striking the pilot. One shot of N-9s in aerial formation, followed up by crashed N-9s. Many images were taken of plane crashes and failed flights. Several photos of blimps, including one that appears to be crashing. These photos were taken mere years after the invention of mechanized flight, when flying was evidently at its most dangerous and experimental.

There are also images taken of the Miami Station and Airfield, as well as the Pensacola Air Station, along with images taken from the air - "Bow & Tail of H-16 from Radio Cockpit; Through the Propellor; and multiple "Camera Gun" images. The camera gun photos are 9 in total measureing 2" x 1.25" shots of planes with a crosshair overlaid. Several striking photos of one pilot, also known as "The Dashing Birdman." The photographer also seemed to have taken an interest in the plant life and wildlife of the area, as there are images of numerous types of palm trees, cactuses, orange and banana trees, crocodiles, and other resort photographs. Most of the photographs have been adhered to the album pages, but a few have come loose and others have been added to the album with no adherence. Two or three images are also dated 1915. An interesting early look at the origins of our Air Force.

Item #17319

Price: $2,250.00