Friday, January 9, 2015

A Seaplane called the "Falcon"

Okay, readers, need some help here. The photo below looks a lot like a Curtiss Model F, but I've not found any indication in my Curtiss references that they produced a hull with a double cockpit. Likewise, the hull and interplane struts look similar to the configuration used on the Aeromarine Model 40/50, but I can't find reference to a double cockpit variant. The Aeromarine AMC had three cockpits. Boeing built a twin-cockpit boat, the B-1, but the hull shape was quite a bit different. A check through Aerofiles.com showed no corresponding planes with the model name "Falcon", so I'm guessing that was the owner's name for their fun toy. Anyone have any idea what make/model this is?

As an extra bonus, check out the three old Mark Twain-style paddle wheel riverboats in the background! This suggests that the location of the photo is somewhere on the Mississippi (St. Louis?).


3 comments:

  1. michaelwallis@me.comJanuary 9, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Looks like an old P2Y-1 Commodore or prototype.

    http://www.daileyint.com/flying/p2y1s.jpg

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  2. Very glad you resumed your most enlightening aviation history posts. My guess: Aeromarine Model 85 (derivative of Curtiss HS-2L)

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  3. I enjoy your blog so very much. Thanks for keeping it going.

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