at the North Pole, 1937. The photograph is of outstanding quality, not
only showing professional technique but also proper camera equipment
and fine AGFA Superpan film. The high contrast between the yellow and
red areas resulted from the use of a yellow or blue-green lens filter,
an item strongly advised by AGFA when employing this film (indeed, they
would not guarantee the film’s behaviour without it). Aside from the
artwork on the tail, the appearance here is the original livery for
'169', likely having been applied at the factory when it was built.
photographed at Franz Josef Land, 1937, on orthochromatic film. Being
red and yellow in colour, the aircraft simply appears to be “black” in
tone everywhere with no contrast, this resulting from the film’s
insensitivity to both hues.
|A later view
of N-169, date unknown. The aircraft now shows flag artwork and red
trim details similar to N-170 [which, see]. The civil registration,
SSSR-N-169, has been entirely re-applied, this time in a different font
style. The red trim on the middle fuselage has a curious appearance,
and without a larger view of the aircraft its colouration cannot be
known. It might be the older 1930s ‘Army Red’ colour, which would
explain this appearance, but more information is required to be certain.