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The First All-Metal Airplanes 1927

Posted June 14, 2014 by admin with No Comments in Aviation

This 1927 discussion on the use of metal in airplanes is extremely interesting in that it also predicts with uncanny accurracy how air travel would progress, and how modern aircraft would be constructed. LONG-DISTANCE records will be held in future by high-flyers in all-metal airplanes. So at least predicts Albert Lapoule, in an article contributed to La Revue des Vivants (Paris). In it he sets forth his reasons for this belief and explains in detail what it all may mean, and what modifications will be necessary in present practises. Recent attempts of French and American aviators, Mr. Lapoule reminds us, have made the question of long-distance flight one of present interest. In 1920 Rateau established a formula for calculating the …

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Air Rivalry

Posted May 24, 2014 by admin with No Comments in Aviation

THE FORD-GENERAL MOTORS rivalry has gone abroad. It has even ascended into the clouds. Let General Motors announce that its new automobile plant near Antwerp, Belgium, is nearly completed; Ford buys a site at Edgewater, N. J., at which to assemble Ford parts and load ships for the export trade, and his son Edsel bends a silver ceremonial spade in his eagerness to break ground for a $25,000,000 Ford plant in England, designed to supply Britain with 300,000 cars yearly and to furnish parts for the Continent. A few weeks ago the Ford Company, largest in the skies, announced a slash in prices on airplanes. The public looked inquiringly at General Motors. With a characteristic nourish that organization has leaped …

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The Beginning of Commercial Aviation 1926

Posted May 5, 2014 by admin with No Comments in Aviation

The indications are that the time has almost arrived when a beginning of commercial aviation will be successfully made in the United States. Postmaster-General Harry S. New has declared that the Government-operated air mail routes should very shortly become carriers of passengers and express parcels. The air mail, he says, can never be put on a self-sustaining basis so long as the planes carry only mail. And he believes that the public is ready to patronize the air mail lines to the extent of giving them passenger and express business. President Coolidge has looked somewhat further still into the future-but, as he believes, a not distant future. He sees the time approaching when the Government will turn the carrying of …

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Supermarine sets seaplane Speed Record in 1927

Posted March 26, 2014 by admin with No Comments in Aviation

HURTLING THROUGH THE AIR at the rate of almost five miles a minute, a twenty-seven-year-old British flight lieutenant won the coveted Schneider trophy for seaplanes at Venice on September 26. Only two planes of the six competing were able to finish the 217-mile triangular course, and both were English entries. All three Italian competitors, including Major de Bernardi, winner of the event last year, were forced by engine trouble to abandon the race. Not only were all existing aviation speed records for seaplanes smashed during the race, but the record for land machines was exceeded by three miles an hour. The average speed of Lieutenant Webster’s Supermarine monoplane, equipped with a Napier engine—281.488 miles an hour—is all the more remarkable, …

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Dirigible Crashes 1900 – 1925

Posted November 21, 2013 by admin with No Comments in Aviation

The first quarter of the 20th Century saw Dirigibles become a major force in aviation. However, the fiery crash of the Hindenberg captured on movie film was a setback that the dirigible industry never recovered from. Prior to the Hindenberg there had been many other crashes, but they were not filmed, and so had less effect on the public. Here are a few of the crashes: 1900—LZ-1, Count Zeppelin’s first rigid dirigible, was destroyed by a hurricane on Lake Constance. Up to date 118 Zeppelins have been built at Friedrichshafen, of which only the Los Angeles (ZR-3) remains. 1912—Dirigible balloon America, ready for transatlantic flight, exploded at Atlantic City, killing five. Article on Dirigible Crashes continued here 1913—Zeppelin L-l exploded …

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Graf Zeppelin Visit 1929

Posted November 19, 2013 by admin with No Comments in Aviation

The visit of Graf Zeppelin to the U.S. invites comparison with ocean liners and despite successful aspects of the flight it is predicted that Zeppelins are no immediate threat to existing transport systems.

Diesel Engined Plane

Posted August 22, 2013 by admin with No Comments in Aviation

Diesel-engined airplane QUITE A FLURRY appears to have been caused at Langley Field, Virginia, at a meeting of the National Advisory Council on Aeronautics when a Diesel-engined airplane owned by the Packard Motor Company of Detroit descended after a 650 mile flight. The Diesel engine is not a new development—hundreds of merchant ships, even ocean liners, are driven by Diesel engines. Nor is the Diesel engine wholly new in the air, a number of workers having attempted more or less successfully for several years to use engines of this type in airplanes. What is news is the length of the Diesel-engined plane’s flight and the perfect performance of the engine. A Diesel engine is inherently about twice as economical of …

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