“Sea Water” Metal Used to Make Plane (Feb, 1949)

“Sea Water” Metal Used to Make Plane

Sea and air combine in a five-seater British personal plane made of magnesium alloy, an element extracted from sea water. Though the metal weighs less than the lightest aluminum, the wings in bending tests have withstood deflection five times greater than is required. Expected to fly over 200 m.p.h., the unorthodox craft was designed by an “amateur” who had never before worked around airplanes.

Canned Airplane (Sep, 1947)

Canned Airplane

THE Navy has begun “canning” more than 2,000 surplus carrier and trainer aircraft, to preserve them in near fly-away condition for periods up to five years.

The “canning” process seals the complete planes, with wings folded, in metal containers constructed from 10-foot panels of corrugated steel.

In each “can” relative humidity is kept at 30 percent. Vapor-tight access doors afford entry for inspection, and glass windows allow easy reading of five instruments that indicate temperature and relative humidity.

The SWIFT (Jun, 1946)



Long cruising range, adaptability and fine performance make this one of the most popular new planes.

ONE thing can be said for the Swift right from the start—it’s a corking good airplane and offers the guy who wants to fly a lot more value than its price of $3,495.00 indicates. It’s all-metal, one of the first samples of production-line technique applied to the aircraft industry.

Small Dirigible TOWS GLIDER (Jan, 1930)

Small Dirigible TOWS GLIDER

TWO unusual glider events took place recently at Akron, Ohio, municipal airport. One, believed to be the first of its kind ever attempted, was the successful towing of a glider by a small dirigible.

Cargo Canoe (Dec, 1947)

Cargo Canoe can be detached from the bottom of the fuselage in less than two minutes and towed to the terminal by tractor. Used on Eastern Air Lines’ 60-passenger Constellations, it accommodates 8,000 pounds of baggage and greatly facilitates handling. This photo shows “skycaps” removing bags from the detachable compartment at Newark, N. J., airport after the “Connie’s” four-hour, non-stop flight from Miami, Florida.

Underground Nests for War Airplanes (Feb, 1936)

Underground Nests for War Airplanes

THE next war, all agree, will be a war in the air; and the advantage will be with the force striking the first blow. Obviously, the attack will be made on the fixed air bases of the other army, since that will inflict most damage from a military point of view.

Double Feature! (Apr, 1960)

First class used to be in back?

Double Feature!

TO ENTERTAIN passengers on their long nonstop international flights, TIA, a French airline, tried to install movies, but could not make them visible simultaneously on both sides of the partition that separates the tourist class from the first-class cabins.

Stratosphere Suit Tested in “Dry-Ice” Tank (Jun, 1934)

Testing suits for new environments can always be a bit dangerous. Here’s a pretty cool YouTube video of a guy testing a space suit who got exposed to vacuum. (he wasn’t injured)

Stratosphere Suit Tested in “Dry-Ice” Tank

How would you train for a flight to the stratosphere? Mark Ridge, Massachusetts aviator, who plans an airplane trip into the region of rare air and intense cold high above the earth, did it by entering a tank filled with carbonated ice to maintain it at a temperature of 110 degrees below zero, much colder than any temperature he will encounter in the stratosphere. He had a special suit made to protect him from the cold and intended to stay in the tank for half an hour to determine if the uniform would keep him warm. The cold did not bother him but he emerged after a brief stay because the fumes from the ice penetrated the mask he wore.

Adventuring with the Most Famous Aerial Photographer (Mar, 1930)

Adventuring with the Most Famous Aerial Photographer

Captain Albert W. Stevens of the U. S. Army has won the description of “the world’s greatest aerial photographer” through his remarkable photos taken from high altitudes. His is a thrilling business with a great deal more excitement in it than usually falls to the lot of a photographer. Several of his more thrilling adventures are recounted here.

Plans Non-Stop World Flight (Mar, 1936)

How is it “non-stop” if he has five “refueling contacts”? I’m guessing they didn’t refuel in midair…

The first airborne circumnavigation without refueling didn’t happen until the Rutan Voyager in 1986.

Plans Non-Stop World Flight

A GIANT airplane that may make a nonstop trip around the world and large enough to carry 14 passengers has been built recently for Clyde Pangborn, noted aviator. The fuselage is so designed that its lifting ability is developed to the utmost, being actually part of the wing. Power is supplied by two Pratt and Whitney “hornet” engines.