Giant Slingshots of the Navy
by Rear Admiral E. R. Stitt (U.S.N.)
and Lt. Com. J. C. Adams (U.S.N.)
Senior Flight Surgeon, Aircraft Squadrons
Fighting seaplanes of Uncle Sam’s navy are launched into the air by means of powerful catapults which throw them into the air like giant slingshots. This is only one of the unusual stunts which naval flyers are required to perform—which explains why only the most perfect pilots win the title of “naval aviator.”
Fighting Planes of the World
by H. H. ARNOLD
Experts agree that the next war will be decided in the air. How, then, are the great powers prepared for such a war? H. H. Arnold, who has been actively engaged in military aviation for twenty years, this month compares the world’s fighting forces.
IT IS always hard to get reliable figures concerning the actual numbers and performances of the military planes of the different countries. Accordingly any figures given will probably be more or less out of date. However as all of the data will be about the same amount behind the times, an idea as to the comparative aerial strength of the various countries can be obtained. Accordingly the figures given herewith should not be taken as being absolutely correct for the aerial forces as of 1931.
RADIO LINKS SINGER AND ORCHESTRA
Convalescing from injuries received in an automobile accident, a radio performer recently sang to her audience from a room in a Philadelphia hospital, while she listened through headphones to an accompaniment played by a dance orchestra in a plane flying 5,000 feet overhead. A dual hook-up enabled listeners-in to hear the voice of the star perfectly blended with the music.
Bridge of Boats to Guide Trans-Atlantic Air Mail
by BEVERLY BARNES
Within a few weeks you’ll be able to drop a letter in your local mail box and have it delivered in Europe in a few hours, carried by airplane all the way. How this trans-Atlantic air mail will be guided by a bridge of boats or seadromes is explained in this timely article.
THE “bridge of boats” which America rushed to completion thirteen years ago to carry an American army to France and help win the war, may become a bridge again to guide the first trans-oceanic air mail line across the North Atlantic.
Rubber Cord Used as Self-Starter for Light-Plane Engine
USING the principle of the rubber-band-powered model, William Strohmeier, of Lock Haven, Pa., recently demonstrated a new lightweight self-starter for engines on private planes. By turning a crank on the instrument panel of his Piper Cub monoplane, Strohmeier winds up a rubber shock-absorber cord that runs the length of the fuselage. Thirty turns of the crank stretches the cord to the required tension.
HOSPITAL ON AIRSHIP MAY SWEEP PATIENTS ABOVE CLOUDS IN QUEST OF MORE SUNLIGHT
For persons suffering with tuberculosis, or just from nerves, will physicians soon prescribe a trip to the clouds in a flying clinic instead of a visit to the mountains?
Not long ago Charles L. Julliot, French lawyer, proposed that airplanes or dirigibles transport such patients above the clouds. His suggestion, which America hears was approved by the medical faculties of France, called attention to the fact that high altitude and sunshine produce well-known changes in the blood, in many cases beneficial. Add to this the natural exhilaration of an air trip, he says, and the effect might be even better than that of a mountain vacation (P. S. M., Mar. ’30, p. 34).
How would they turn sideways? Wouldn’t it be impossible to do all the other stuff on the ground? Like, you know, get on the plane?
Planes Need No Wheels
Airplanes should keep their wheels on the ground, believes Samuel S. Knox, of Long Beach,. Calif. He has patented a landing strip formed of pneumatic-tired wheels, which could be powered to speed take-offs and braked to shorten landing rolls. It would free the plane of landing-gear weight.
“From then on I was too consarned cold to feel anything very much.”
I thought consarned was a typo, but it would have been weird since the correct replacement would have been “consumed by” or “concerned with the”. Turns out it means: confounded; damned.
New Midget Scouts of the Air
by Lieut. RALPH S. BARNABY, U.S.N. First Man to Pilot a Glider from a Dirigible
If scouts were important to old style warfare, they are doubly important to the new warfare of the air. Army and Navy officials have experimented with every possible idea. Only recently they tested the value of gliders for scout work from dirigibles at Lakehurst. Lieut. Barnaby tells here his story of gliding a motorless ship from the dirigible Los Angeles.
Landing airplanes on top of buildings was a really common theme in articles of this time. It’s kind of boggling that anyone thought it could be done safely.
Runway for Airplanes Atop Skyscrapers
A NEW YORKER has invented a novel turntable runway which he believes will be suitable for landing and take-off of airplanes from the tops of high buildings. The device is declared to offer many advantages over the proposed platforms for such landings. The landing table can be tilted at any angle and swung about in any direction so that the wind is along its axis. The incline naturally serves as a brake on the landing ship and air blasts assist in checking the speed of the landed ship. The turntable would also present an incline which would enable a faster than ordinary take off.
Guggenheim Safety Planes Feature Controllable Wings
By MAJOR R. W. SCHROEDER
Editor’s Note: Major R. W. Schroeder, head of the Curtiss Flying Service in the mid-west, former chief test pilot of the army, and former world’s altitude record holder, was one of the contestants in the $100,000 safe aircraft competition initiated by the Guggenheim Fund. He set a world’s altitude mark several years ago in a sensational flight in which his plane fell five miles out of control after the major’s eyeballs had frozen.