A company-sponsored bi-plane?
- I don't know much about this image, except for the obvious. The
photo dates to the late 20's into the 1930's. Did the MoPac use
this bird for corporate transportation of company officials or possibly
it was experimenting with then new air mail shipping? This image
would pre-date the company's excursion into passenger air service.
I've got a different idea. This looks
more like a public event such as an airshow, which was a very very
popular thing in the early days of flight. Notice the large sign
in the crowd to the left. I can't make out all the words but it
definitely reads "PILOTS REGISTER... " The bottom line is anyone's
guess. With the red buzzsaw logo plastered on wings, fuselage and
tail rudder it looks as if the she were about to take off for a
dogfight with the Red Baron. There's also at least two other planes
in the background. Was the railroad a corporate sponsor in the event,
just as you see company logos on NASCAR racers today?
Whatever the occasion, the bi-planes
seem to have attracted quite a crowd of gawkers and well-wishers
including the mother and daughter posing for the camera. The bi-plane
design is interesting itself, with a fully enclosed crew cabin,
a state-of-the-art idea for those days, and the stubby lower wing
in comparison to the upper assembly suggest it was built for speed