"City of Glasgow," one of just seven Argocy biplanes that were built is seen here in flight over one of Imperial Airways' near-eastern destinations. This airliner pioneer -- sporting three engines for safety -- was interesting in that while the air crew flew the plane from an open cockpit, the passengers rode in enclosed comfort in the relatively spacious cabin. The Argocy also was one of the first airliners on which passengers could enjoy a meal, served by a cabin steward. It saw service from 1926 to 1935. Koike has a penchant for early aircraft with boxy lines, and the Argocy is certainly a typical example of that genre. The hazy skies and plentiful rigging take one back to a different aviation era in a moment.
This print is recreated using offset printing on heavy art stock identical to that used by Koike for his originals. It is printed at 100% of the size of the original artwork, and all color reproduction has been approved by Koike personally. Ships flat.