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Hamilton H-47

The last flying metalplane of its kind, once owned by an Alaskan bush pilot.

The Hamilton Metalplane Company built some of the earliest all-metal aircraft manufactured in the United States. This last flyable H-47 was once owned by Alaskan bush pilot Joe Crosson. Built in 1929 and restored in the 1970s, it now belongs to Pole Pass Airways LLC in Seattle.


Photographer Lyle Jansma started creating 360º views of airplane cockpits in 2005, while volunteering at the Heritage Flight Museum in Bellingham, Washington. After a chance encounter with a visitor in a wheelchair, he realized there was no practical way for the visitor to sit in the cockpit of the Museum’s P-51 Mustang. Jansma tried the next best thing: creating a detailed panoramic photo of the interior. Over time, he improved his technique for creating and sharing 360º cockpit views, and since then the Washington-based photographer has taken his camera to other aircraft collections, including the Museum of Flight, Tillamook Air Museum, Evergreen Air & Space Museum, and the National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. The images are available on the ACI Cockpit360º App for iPads and iPhones, and now, in this online gallery. Keep visiting the site (airspacemag.com/panorama), as we'll be adding more of Jansma’s cockpit views each week.

Use the controls at the bottom of the frame to navigate or zoom in and out. Click on the full screen icon (far right) for the most detailed view.

Source: Howard Wright, Pole Pass Airways LLC

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