@1934 photo Consolidated Lobster Co. MA. Loening flying boat #2

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Lovely photo of a lobster's company flying boat parked on beach. Children gathered round to admire it. 

Consolidated Lobster Co. Gloucester Mass. “World’s Largest Distributors’

Registration number on wing: NC 376 V (Serial #315).

On back number 3.

This company is in the aviation record books as being pioneers, the first to fly live lobsters on an airplane! On June 6, 1932 500 were delivered from Boston to Philadelphia.

4 ½” X  2 ¾”

 

The Keystone-Loening K-84 Commuter was a single-engine closed cabin 4 place biplane amphibious flying boat built by Keystone-Loening. It was powered by a 300 hp Wright Whirlwind engine mounted between the wings with the propeller just ahead of the windscreen. It was first produced in 1929.

Specifications:

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 3 passengers / 1,223 lb (555 kg)
  • Length: 32 ft 5 in (9.88 m)
  • Wingspan: 36 ft (11 m) (some sources 40 ft (12 m))
  • Powerplant: 1 × Wright J-6-7 7-cyl. air-cooled radial piston engine, 300 hp (220 kW) -330 hp (250 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 115 mph (185 km/h; 100 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 90 mph (145 km/h; 78 kn)
  • Stall speed: 50 mph (80 km/h; 43 kn)
  • Range: 506 mi; 815 km (440 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 12,000 ft (3,700 m)

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