Topic: Nicholas II
Emperor Nicholas II inspecting a Vityaz, designed by Igor Sikorsky and built at the Russian Baltic Railroad Car Works in St. Petersburg. Sikorsky's aspirations for the aircraft were short-lived. While parked on a runway on 23 June, 1913, the Vityaz was crushed by an engine that fell off another aircraft coming in for a landing. Sikorsky decided not to repair the seriously damaged Vityaz and began working on his next project. The photograph was taken at Krasnoye Selo in 1913.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 3 August, 2012