Behind the Scenes of Aviation (Dec, 1938)
I just love the pictures in these color sections Popular Mechanics used to have. I think they are all hand colored, but I’m not sure.
Behind the Scenes of Aviation
LITTLE by little, aviation engineers are revolutionizing the art of flying. Today’s big transports are vastly improved over those of only a year or two ago although an untrained eye can hardly spot the differences. Scores of slight improvements in power plants, instruments and construction have materially increased efficiency.
Behind the scenes the engineers are working on other improvements. “Within five years we will be wondering how we ever got along without the many improvements in radio alone which are now being developed,” one of them remarks. “Within that time passenger transports will be landing on schedule in zero-zero weather. Among other new instruments in the control room, the pilot probably will have a height indicator to tell him the exact distance down to the ground. Planes will be carrying heavier loads farther and faster due simply to numerous small improvements which are constantly being made.”
Berlin-New York Round Trip Takes Less Than Two Days (Nov, 1938)
For some reason this reminds me of a scene from Johnny Dangerously where Danny DeVito is trying to bribe the D.A. and one of the things he offers him is a new automatic oven that can “cook a turkey in less than a day!”.
Berlin-New York Round Trip Takes Less Than Two Days
Forty-four hours and forty-six minutes from Berlin to New York and back again. Eight thousand miles over land and ocean in a four-motored land plane. That was the record written into the aviation books by the German air liner “Brandenburg” which, with its crew of four, made the first westward crossing of the Atlantic nonstop from the German capital to New York and then turned around to beat the previous record for the eastbound trip.
Airmen Test Asbestos Suits (Sep, 1938)
Doesn’t this look like a Beastie Boys video?
Airmen Test Asbestos Suits
CLAIMED to provide considerable protection against the danger of flames from an airplane afire in mid-air, asbestos flying suits are being tested by pilots of the British Royal Air Force. The suits are light in weight and, as can be seen from the photo, do not restrict physical movement.