“AERO-AUTO-CRAFT” – The CAR of the FUTURE (Apr, 1917)


by C.H. Claudy

THE aeroautocraft of the future will roll on the road, cleave through the water, fly through the air. Its owner will start from his garage or hangar, travel streets or roads at will, cross streams or lakes that lie in his path, rise in the air and fly over a hill, a valley, or woods, to another road, all at his pleasure.

Airplane versus Automobile (Apr, 1931)

Then the interstate highway system came a long and changed the game, then commercial air travel did it again.

I have to admit that when i read the headline I was hoping more for something like this.

Airplane versus Automobile

By Major H.H. Arnold

U.S. Army Air Corps This month Major Arnold compares the privately owned sport plane with the automobile as a means of long distance transportation for pleasure and business. No comparison has been made on short trips, where, of course, the auto is supreme.

NOW that the airplane has taken its place along with the automobile as an accepted means of transportation, it is not amiss to see just what we can expect from it in so far as service is concerned.

New Glider to Soar With Sails (Aug, 1929)

New Glider to Soar With Sails

THE WORLD’S first sailplane, something new in gliding, has just been constructed by John Demenjoz of Bridgeport, Connecticut. This novel glider represents nearly a year of work. It has a 40-foot wing spread, is 30 feet in length, and altogether weighs less than 600 lbs.

FLYERS have the World’s Strangest Club (Jul, 1929)

FLYERS have the World’s Strangest Club

By a Member of the Club

To join the famous Flying Jackass Club, one has to earn the title of “Flying Fool,” by being proved guilty of some outstandingly silly piece of piloting. Related here are some of the thrills which have made men eligible for initiation.

LOITERING in the benevolent shade of one of the hangars at Wright Field, a group of army flyers watched with casually interested eye the aerial capers of another lieutenant who was putting his machine through screaming chandelles, wing overs, and sickening dives. His masterful piloting was up to the usual army standard. The exhibition would have brought forth newspaper headlines ten years ago. Today it was all in the day’s work. With a last roar the gun was cut and the pilots yawned. The Curtiss pursuit leveled off for a landing.

Junior High School Students Build This Model Dirigible (Aug, 1929)

Wow, I think they got ripped off. That’s $9661 in 2011 dollars.

Junior High School Students Build This Model Dirigible

FLYING on a swivel under its own power, this model dirigible shown above was made by members of a class in aeronautics in Hamilton Junior high school, Long Beach, California.

A vacuum cleaner fan and motor were attached to the model and propel it about in a circle at a rapid rate of speed. It was made of wood and metal at a cost of $750 to the school.

The model demonstrates the newly dis- covered principle of aircraft propulsion invented by F. Slade Dale. The rapidly revolving blades of a centrifugal fan whirl the air away from the bow center. This causes a partial lowering of air pressure at the bow and the atmospheric pressure on the rear portions of the ship drive it forward.

The miniature dirigible was built under the supervision of John Hodgson, former engineer and aviator, now an instructor.

Single Spar Slotted Wings Next (Apr, 1931)

Single Spar Slotted Wings Next
This drawing represents a well known English aeronautical engineer’s idea of what form the future passenger plane should take. The variable camber wing is not yet possible for engineering reasons.

LEVIATHANS of the Air (Oct, 1930)


Germany, forbidden to construct military planes, has turned her attention to commercial craft. The world had no sooner recovered its breath from viewing the Dornier “DO. X” than Junkers announced a plane which would carry 175 tons.

Builds Plane in Parlor While Neighbors Wonder at Noise (Aug, 1929)

That’s some pretty extreme DIY.

Builds Plane in Parlor While Neighbors Wonder at Noise

THE mystery of all the pounding and sawing neighbors heard in the home of Peter Lepicer, of Brooklyn, N. Y., was solved when he moved a two-seated monoplane which he built in his parlor. Workmen were required to tear part of the building away in order to get the plane out of the house.

Twenty-Three Days in the Air (Oct, 1930)

Twenty-Three Days in the Air

Flying a distance equal to one and a half times around the world, the four Hunter brothers have established a new airplane endurance record for ambitious pilots to shoot at.

BREAKING the old world’s refueling endurance record by 133 hours 20 minutes, the City of Chicago, an old model Stinson Detroiter with Wright J-6-300 motor, has stayed in the air for 23 days, 1 hour, 41 minutes and 30 seconds.

Imagine taking off at 3:40 p. m. on June 11 and coming down at 5:31-1/2 p. m. on July 4th after cruising for 553 hours 41 minutes and 30 seconds, and covering, at an average speed of 70 miles per hour, a total distance of at least 38,758 miles.

New “Flounder” Plane Is Britain’s Bid For Airline Supremacy (Nov, 1938)

New “Flounder” Plane Is Britain’s Bid For Airline Supremacy

A DESIGN for a super airplane, which would constitute a national bid for world-wide airline supremacy, has been projected by Fred Miles, prominent British aeronautical engineer. As shown in the sketches, the proposed 38-passenger plane resembles a flounder in general appearance. The estimated performance figures for the plane when powered by four 900 horsepower motors indicate a top speed of 295 m.p.h.