[AVIATION] Photographs of the wreck of the Sikorsky S-35, 1926.
[Westbury, New York: circa 21 September 1926]. A group of 17 photographs, about 7 showing the plane and scene before the attempted flight, the balance showing the destroyed plane and horrified onlookers following the crash. Each 3 x 5 inches (8 x 13 cm) or smaller, a few bearing ink dates or notations. Offered with a book, Practical Aviation, by report recovered from the crash site. One photograph lacking about 1/3 of image, others with some small losses to corners but a generally well preserved group, the book heavily worn.
The Sikorsky S-35 was the first plane to attempt to win the Orteig Prize for completing the first New York-Paris flight. The ill-fated plane attempted take-off from Long Island's Roosevelt Field but never made it off the ground as a landing gear malfunction caused it to crack and burst into flames, killing two. These harrowing images show the wreckage in some detail. In 1927, Charles Lindbergh would complete his famous transatlantic flight finally claiming the prize first offered in 1919.
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