Chicago Football Star Wears Glasses in Helmet (Jan, 1929)

Chicago Football Star Wears Glasses in Helmet

WHEN BENNY WATTENBERG, star half back of the University of Chicago football squad, discovered that he was hampered in executing forward passes because of near-sightedness, the coaches decided that Wattenberg was too good a man to lose and they devised a method of fastening special shatter-proof lenses to his football gear.

Crew Risked Lives to Repair Graf Zeppelin (Jan, 1929)

Crew Risked Lives to Repair Graf Zeppelin

by EUGENE GRANT who interviewed the Zeppelin crew.

BUFFETED by the wind, with a torn fin, the Graf Zeppelin faced destruction unless the damage could be repaired. Here is the inside story of how the daring crew climbed onto the fin and saved this giant from destruction.

LITTLE has been told of that remarkable feat performed by the crew of the Graf Zeppelin in repairing the port horizontal fin damaged by the storms and threatening the destruction of the great air liner on the first passenger trip by air to the United States.

We Are in Peril! (Nov, 1953)

Will the desperate men in the Kremlin attack?

By 1954 Russia will be strong enough to do so.

That is why our former Air Force chief states:

We Are in Peril!


ON MARCH 6, 1953, I appeared before the Armed Forces Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee of the House of Representatives. The purpose of my appearance there was to introduce the Air Force budget for the fiscal year 1954. The budget introduced at that time was designed to continue the buildup toward the 143-wing air force goal which had been fixed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, approved by the Department of

Teleran = Television + Radar (Jan, 1947)

Teleran = Television + Radar

TWO marvels of the electron tube, radar and television, have now been joined to give eyes to the air pilot at times when he would otherwise be flying blind through fog, clouds or darkness.



By Frank Tinsley

THIS radical new ship is now under development by the British government. According to the London Daily Mail the Saunders-Roe Aircraft Co. is now hard at work on preliminary research.

The idea is essentially the same as that proposed for Ford’s futuristic “Wheel-less Car.” (See Oct. ’58 MI)

LOOK, MA, no hands! (Jan, 1956)

LOOK, MA, no hands! Kellett Aircraft’s experimental ‘copter uses new gyro stabilizing system.




This remarkable photograph depicts clearly the type of small dirigible now being used by the French and British in hunting German submarines. The gas bag is short and stubby when compared to the latest rigid types of Zeppelins, and as a result, great speed is not possible. The car is the same as that used on English battleplanes, modified to an extent which allows slightly greater carrying

Balbo Plans Daring Non-Stop World Flight (Dec, 1933)

Balbo Plans Daring Non-Stop World Flight

THE first actual world flight of 25,000 miles in two days without a landing is said to be under consideration by Gen. Italo Balbo.

Four seaplanes, designed for flying eight miles above the earth, would accomplish the feat by refueling in four dirigibles, spaced at 6,250-mile intervals. One dirigible would be stationed near the Amazon river, another in the Polynesian islands, and the third near China.

The planes would make each lap in ten hours and be drawn aboard the ships by a suspended hook and hoist, such as is used on U. S. Macon. During each rest period, ships would continue the flight.

Airplanes May Replace Cannon in Laying Telegraph Wire (Sep, 1931)

Airplanes May Replace Cannon in Laying Telegraph Wire

CANNON have been used for many years to send a line or rope across an impassable barrier. Harpoons with ropes attached are shot into whales. The Life Saving Stations use cannon to send lines from shore to ships stranded in low water. However, in both of these cases the distance to the target has always been comparatively short and thus the effectiveness of the cannon for this purpose has been limited.

Diving Two Miles in an “Egg-Laying” Bombing Plane (Dec, 1930)

Diving Two Miles in an “Egg-Laying” Bombing Plane

THRILLS are commonplace for William H. McAvoy, test pilot for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics at Langley Field, Va.

But “Daredevil Bill” probably will not forget in a hurry the events of the other day when he was called upon to test the sensational single-motored bombing plane just developed by Glenn L. Martin.