Swung into the air from a merry-go-round launching device, a plane could attain flying speed without the need of a long runway, in a plan proposed by a Denver, Colo., inventor. The device consists of a tall mast with a revolving horizontal boom at the top, from which is suspended a hoop-shaped trapeze. When the plane has been attached to the trapeze and hoisted aloft, the pilot starts his motor. Then the plane revolves around the mast until flying speed is attained, and the pilot frees his craft from the device.

COLEOPTERE (Dec, 1958)

COLEOPTERE, or Beetle, is the last word in French jet-powered VTOLs. The annular (ring-shaped) wing gives it odd outline and name. It flies vertically or horizontally.

Can Cities be Annihilated from the Air? (Aug, 1935)

Ten years later we had the unfortunate answer to this question.

Can Cities be Annihilated from the Air?

IN contemplating the horrors of war, those whose natural instincts are inclined to peace look upon the newest weapons of war as threatening swift extinction of the whole civilized —that is to say, city—population. Such writers as Wells have pictured all the world’s great centers of population uninhabited and uninhabitable, after a war carried on with new death-dealing devices. They recall the fall of ancient empires which perished completely with their capitals—like Nineveh, Babylon, Tyre and Carthage—and others—like Rome—which barely escaped; and they wonder if Paris and London and New York are similarly to be obliterated when the scientific world war comes.

New De Luxe Sleeper Planes (Mar, 1936)

New De Luxe Sleeper Planes

THE day was, when to ride in an airplane was an adventure, and one which involved a degree of “roughing it.” The newest plane design carries all the facilities of luxury and comfort afforded by any form of transportation; made possible by the great size of the new high-speed transports. The new Douglas Sleeper Transports, of American Airlines, pictured here, have a wing span of 95 feet, an over-all length of 65 feet, and height of 17-1/2; feet; the gross weight is 24,000 pounds, and they can carry 24 passengers each as day planes, or 16 as night passengers, with sleeping accommodations.

Police Planes Take Off From Car to Hunt Down Crooks (Aug, 1933)

Police Planes Take Off From Car to Hunt Down Crooks

FUGITIVE criminals stand little chance of escape when the Oregon State police take out after them. They are hunted down from the air by a plane that takes off from the top of an automobile, which then goes after the felons on the ground.

Queer Wing-Flapping Plane Ascends Vertically Into Air (Feb, 1934)

Queer Wing-Flapping Plane Ascends Vertically Into Air

A QUEER-SHAPED aircraft, seemingly a combination of everything which has ever flown through the air, has proven successful in initial tests, doing just about anything in the way of performance that could be asked of a heavier-than-air craft. Jette, designer, a young Swedish engineer of Stockholm, believes his radically-designed plane will revolutionize the aviation industry.

Stubby wings like those of the earlier autogyros give the plane stability in horizontal flight. The engine drives a propeller mounted forward as in the ordinary land plane, and through gears turns the huge overhead rotor. Three flapping wings attached to the rotor move up and down as they spin, just as in an autogyro, and vanes on the inside of the rotor provide lifting force.

Belgian Helicopter Stays Aloft 10 Min. to Set Record (Feb, 1934)

Belgian Helicopter Stays Aloft 10 Min. to Set Record

A QUEER Belgian helicopter, entirely without wings, recently set a new world’s record for heavier-than-air craft designed for vertical ascent by remaining in the air for 9 minutes and 58 seconds.

The strange craft has a centrally located aircraft motor mounted on a framework of steel tubing.

Sensational German Paddle Plane Built On “Flapping Wing” Principle (Sep, 1936)

Yup, that’ll work. No Problem.

Sensational German Paddle Plane Built On “Flapping Wing” Principle

FROM Germany comes the news of another attempt to produce a plane of the rotating wing, or “paddle” variety. Unlike the well-known Dr. Rohrbach’s paddle-plane design, the latest attempt to get away from conventional airscrews as a means of propulsion does not depend upon the paddles as a sole means of lift as well as propulsion. Rather, it seeks to adapt the paddle principle to an otherwise normal airfoil.

Wooden Jet Mockups (Mar, 1948)

Wooden Jet Mockups
Canadians are saving time and money by making jet-engine mock-ups of pine, mahogany and cherry wood instead of metal. From blueprints, woodworkers make full-scale patterns of every component part and accessory, except piping, on proposed engines. Completed assemblies are then inspected by designers and engineers for possible changes. Shortcomings or design improvements are more easily spotted with the aid of the three-dimensional mockups than with blueprints alone. After approval, the patterns help foundrymen in casting parts for the actual engine.

The Army’s Electronic Magic Shop (Apr, 1960)

The Army’s Electronic Magic Shop

By Thomas E. Stimson, Jr.

TWENTY MILES from Tombstone, Ariz., at an old cavalry post named Fort Huachuca, the United States Army is testing the electronic weapons it will use in the future.

Eighty years ago the troopers at the fort flashed news of Apache raids by heliograph; today the technicians at the huge 160-square-mile Electronic Proving Ground are using single sideband circuits, infrared and even radio reflections from the ionized trails of meteors for communication between units or around the world.

The remote location in southern Arizona was chosen partly for secrecy, partly because the region is one of the best “electronic vacuums” that the Army could find. There are no powerful commercial transmitters in the surrounding desert, no big TV stations that might interfere with the accuracy of the tests.