600-Passenger Plane of Future to Use Underground Airport (Apr, 1935)
600-Passenger Plane of Future to Use Underground Airport
LOOKING into the future and visualizing l the fact that aviation will handle a great bulk of the world’s transporation, Dr. William Christmas, noted inventor-aviator, has designed a new 600-passenger air-liner and a giant underground airport to service the planes and handle the passengers.
The 600-passenger liners will be built with a two-story fuselage and will have an over-all wing spread of 400 feet. Motors of 25,000 horsepower will drive 75-foot propellers at a rate which will carry the planes at a speed of 200 miles per hour. Amphibious and carrying all the luxuries of a modern steamship, the plane is expected to be too large to be affected by adverse weather conditions.
The airport will house a United States post office, hangars, and service rooms for the planes. Landing on the wide, curved roof, the planes will trundle down a ramp onto a turntable where they will be swung directly in front of the post office to discharge passengers. Elevators then carry the passengers to underground automobile and railroad lanes where they may continue their journey.