Can you tell what the lower photo Model T is for?
It doesn't really look like one of those plane starters does it?
It's not a Hucks Starter. I have no idea what its purpose was.
Those early planes had tail skids instead of steerable tailwheels, and they had no wheel brakes. Getting a plane from a hangar to a runway took quite a ground crew. I wonder whether they lifted the plane's tail onto this Ford and towed it backward to where they were going to fly it.
The second one isn't a Hucks starter but what's that on top of the engine? Looks like a PTO of some sort.
How many of you guys have tried to land a Model T at the airport ???
Is the plane a Tri-Motor?
I saw a picture some where with a shaft on top of the T going to the front of the planes motor for starting. Some one will probably post it?
Yes Larry, the top picture is of a Ford Tri-Motor. I am unsure of the aircraft in the lower photo, but it does resemble a SPAD XIII in some respects.
Bill - The bi-plane in the lower photo appears to have a radial engine, but I couldn't tell you what make of plane it is.
It looks like a battery bank in the back of that topless T.
Yes, I thought the engine was a rotary (few, if any, radials in use during WWI). The rest of the airframe is reminiscent of SPAD, but they used liquid cooled V-8 engines. I am reasonably sure that it is not a Nieuport, Sopwith, or a de Havilland.
If you look under the truck, there appears to be two large electrical cables coming from the truck and partially coiled on the ground. They appear to be headed for the plane in the background. Did some planes in this time period have electric starters?
The T truck does look like it is set up for a tail skid, maybe the two cables are really one hose. The T maybe set up for an engine driven air compressor........I was talking to a guy with a 1914 Cadillac at the OCF and he showed me a gear driven air compressor under the hood. He said it was factory, the 37 inch wheels take 95 pounds of air............
I am now thinking that the biplane is a Standard E-1.