University of Bristol - Historical Photographs of China reference number: FD-s223. Dr Joseph Rock (1884-1962), Austrian-American botanist, geologist, adventurer and ethnologist. The Kunming was a Ford Tri-motor aircraft, photographed here at the natural landing field north of Lijiang (Likiang). Dr Rock had chartered the plane to take aerial photographs of the Yulong Xueshan range (in the background of this photograph) and the upper Yangtzi gorges. It was the first airplane to reach Lijiang. See Lamas, Princes, and Brigands by Michael Aris - on page 34 there is another photograph of the same scene, taken soon after FD-s223. The Nashi or Naxi, are an official minority group, living in Yunnan and Sichuan, China. See http://www.josephrock.net/.
Dr Joseph Rock taking a photograph of the 'Kunming' aircraft, near Lijiang
Black and white photograph