"City of Glasgow," one of just seven Argosy 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 Argosy 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 completely different era of aviation in a moment.
This print is reproduced on heavy art board and sized identically to the original, measuring 400mm x 315mm (15.75 x 12.4 inches). It's offset-printed, and the color reproduction has been approved by Koike himself. The art board measures 625mm x 453mm (24.6 x 17.8 inches), leaving white borders around the image to give you the freedom to have it framed as you please. The prints are packed in a special sleeve inside a sturdy shipping box designed to prevent any bending while on their way to you (for this reason, they cannot be combined with other types of items for shipping, they will be shipped separately, even if ordered with other items).