Air Torpedo Speeds Mail Delivery
THE speediest thing yet in the way of devices to facilitate mail delivery is an air torpedo which has recently been introduced in Germany. The invention of a Berlin engineer, Herr Richard Pfautz, the vehicle speeds from city to city on a special overhead trolley, which carries the current to power the two electric propeller motors situated at each end of the cylinder, as shown in the accompanying photo.
A new world of flight will begin in 1969. And Pan Am will begin it.
Yesterday, they were no more than dreams on a drawing board. Today, they’re on their way to reality.
And the reality will be a new world of almost unbelievable speed and size, comfort and quiet.
The AGE of AIR
By Colonel Edward S. Evans
President of Evans Products Company
WHO could have envisioned in 1928, when a dozen young men were making the first glider experiments at the University of Michigan, that the crude ship then used was the forerunner of what would ultimately be one of the world’s great means of transportation?
These members of the first glider club of America, which was formed under my sponsorship, learned the delight of being pulled into the air with a rubber cord and gliding gently to the ground several hundred yards away. Some of these same young men today are still flying gliders, beautiful ships known as sailplanes which have established records of distance, altitude and duration that are almost unbelievable.
At this point in development the French aircraft was a separate project from the British one. They merged the two programs later in year. I have to say, Concorde is certainly a better name than Super Caravelle.
French Begin Development of Supersonic Airliner
Funds have been appropriated by the French government to develop a Mach 2.2 (1600 miles per hour) airliner to be called the Super Caravelle, capable of carrying 100 passengers up to 2800 miles at altitudes above 50,000 feet. A unique feature of the supersonic passenger plane is its curved delta wing which will contain fuel tanks and the four jet-engine pods. The plane is expected to enter passenger service by 1968.
Plane Silhouettes on Playing Cards Help Identify Aircraft
Civilians can join in one of the soldier’s favorite pastimes—identifying combat aircraft—with playing cards that have silhouettes of Allied and enemy planes on their faces. The United States planes are spades, British are hearts, German are diamonds, and Japanese are clubs. In the corners are the “pip” signs. The airplane card idea was suggested by officers of the Third Air Corps, Tampa, Fla., who have been conducting classes in aircraft identification.
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.
World’s First Jet Air Liner Makes Flight Debut
Britain jumped the global gun in the race for commercial air supremacy with a recent announcement that its giant de Haviland Comet, first all-jet air liner, had made successful flights. After nearly three years under construction in secrecy, the sleek, sweptback-wing craft has been unveiled.
FLYING ON FILM!
KNOWN as the “Aerostructor,” this newest of flight training devices teaches all the primary control functions by means of a special film and projector. The instructor sits at one “peek hole” and the student sits at the other.
When the student moves the controls in any direction, the view projected on the screen inside shifts in exactly the same way that the view out of the front of a real plane would shift from the same control movement. The films used in. the device were actually made in an airplane, and duplicate visually every elementary maneuver, including banks and turns. Students have handled a real plane successfully with no other instruction.
Freak Airships of the Ancients Reputed to Have Flown
RECORDS of almost every ancient tribe will show among its traditions the legend of some member who achieved the miracle of flight, either through the use of wings or other devices more closely resembling modern airplanes. And the extraordinary part of it is that there are one or two instances, apparently well authenticated, which record flights that were actually successful.