Can Superfighters Stop the Bombers? (Aug, 1949)

Can Superfighters Stop the Bombers?

By Herbert Yahraes
Drawings by Ray Pioch

Are the huge new bombers invincible? Have they made fighters obsolete? Or will big, new “fighter-bombers” be the answer to air defense? Popular Science assigned a tough-minded reporter, with 110 previous military experience, connections, or prejudices, to interview the experts—military, civilian, and scientific. Here is his evaluation of the hottest argument in the history of air power.

Cruising Parachute Driven by Motor (Oct, 1930)

This has a rather Inspector Gadgetish look to it with the extending tail. I’m pretty sure you’d want to put the propeller in the back so you don’t, you know, chop your feet off.

Cruising Parachute Driven by Motor

A PARACHUTE propelled by a two-cylinder gasoline motor is the latest safety device proposed to keep pace with the rapid development of the airplane. The idea, depicted on this month’s cover of Modern Mechanics magazine, was on the verge of an actual try-out by Buddy Bushmeyer, veteran parachute jumper, when he was killed in an airplane accident after he had gone up without a parachute for the first time in his long career as an airman.

Learning to Use Our Wings (Dec, 1928)

Learning to Use Our Wings

This Department Will Keep Our Readers Informed of the Latest Facts About Airplanes and Airships

In charge, Daniel Guggenheim School of Aeronautics, New York City Aviation Safety Congress.

THE Daniel Guggenheim Fund for the Protection of Aeronautics has, since its inception, made safety in aviation the object of its main efforts. Recently the Fund organized a Congress on Safety in Aviation, arranged in co-operation with the National Safety Council, and held at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City.

Cranks Plane from Cockpit (Apr, 1923)

Cranks Plane from Cockpit

IN FRONT of the pilot’s seat in the first metal airplane to be completed in the United States is a horizontally turning crank that enables the aviator to crank the motor without leaving the cockpit.

The plane has been constructed for the Navy Department and has made successful trial flights at Martin Field, Cleveland, Ohio.

Radiophone Increases Safety (Jun, 1931)

Radiophone Increases Safety

Thanks to the radio telephone developed for use by airplanes in experiments conducted by Herbert Hoover, Jr., pilots on all modern air lines can now learn every fifteen minutes the exact condition of the weather along their routes.


IF YOU lived within range of the radio station at the Alhambra airport, the plane terminal for Los Angeles, you might tune down to 100 meters on your radio receiver and hear something like this: “Alhambra calling ship 55. Answer please.”

A voice that sounds considerably farther away, but easily audible and distinct, would next be heard.

Navies of the Stratosphere Threaten Cities (Nov, 1934)

Navies of the Stratosphere Threaten Cities

WARFARE, in the past hundred years or so, has been a contest between makers of guns and other offensive weapons, and makers of means of defense. As cannon were built bigger and bigger, ships were built heavier, and with more armor. It seems to be now agreed that the big ships are too expensive ; and it is quite possible that no more superdreadnoughts will ever be built.

Oxygen-Supply Kit For High Fliers (Apr, 1960)

Oxygen-Supply Kit For High Fliers

Quickly installed in most unpressurized airplanes, a new kit will automatically provide correct amounts of oxygen needed for breathing at altitudes up to 30,000 feet. It consists of an oxygen regulator, oxygen console, fittings, brackets and an oxygen cylinder, which is usually placed in the baggage compartment.

First Airplane Wash-Rack Helps Preserve Condition of Ships’ Wings (Jul, 1929)

First Airplane Wash-Rack Helps Preserve Condition of Ships’ Wings

CAR wash racks have been in existence almost as long as cars have themselves, but until recently there has not been a single wash-rack for airplanes. The Aero Corporation of California observed this fact and inaugurated an airplane washing service that thoroughly cleans a ship of grease and oil “while you wait.”

A New Way of Keeping the Wolf from the Door (Oct, 1932)

A New Way of Keeping the Wolf from the Door

IN THE drought-stricken section of North Dakota, Ed M. Canfield, of Williston, and his wife, Dorotha, keep the wolf away from the door by dragging him in and making him pay the family’s winter expenses. Canfield is one of the West’s best coyote hunters. But, unlike other hunters, he uses an airplane to track down the coyote, or, to be more correct, his wife flies the plane while Dad Canfield handles the shotgun.

Liquid Rocket (Feb, 1946)

Liquid Rocket, Germany’s ME 163B fighter, was only a rumor when MI commissioned their staff artists to do drawing below that appeared in May, 1945, issue. Photo of real plane was recently released.