[WWI] Sikorsky S.16
rhinocerus at gmail.com
Tue Oct 6 07:14:52 EDT 2009
>Over the North Sea, perhaps?
Over 6 hr endurance with additional fuel tank, according V.Mikheev's
"Sikorsky S-16 - Russian Scout" book
2009/10/6, Joseph Fyfield <jsfyfield at gmail.com>:
> Ah, yes. Skis for the Russian ice. Makes sense.
> "...flying a long range reconnaissance mission..."
> Really? How long range could they have been? Over the North Sea, perhaps?
> On 06/10/2009, J.R. Boye <hopeandmercy at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
>> Joe, as far as I know, only one, maybe two were floatplanes. The
>> majority were landplanes with wheels or skis.
>> When Gilsher crashed, he had been flying a long-range reconnaissance
>> mission (with an observer). I don't know for sure, but I get the impression
>> most were never used for their intended role. A few lasted in service until
>> J.R. Boye
>> Aha. 1915 sounds about right. I thought it looked a bit like a Sopwith
>> Tabloid/Schnieder. Anyone else? By the way, why were they floatplanes? The
>> Muromets weren't floatplanes, were they? You say "They were intended to be
>> escorts..." Intended? didn't they get around to using what 35 of them they
> "Flying is necessary. Living is not."
> -Suicide note left by pioneer aviatrix Melli Beese
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