300 Mile-An-Hour Zep-Plane Proposed (Sep, 1935)

300 Mile-An-Hour Zep-Plane Proposed

CAPABLE of rifling its way through the air at a speed of 300 miles an hour, or hovering motionless above a chosen spot, an airplane-Zeppelin soon to be put through exhaustive tests at Rapid City, S. D., is expected by its inventors to become the transport plane of the future.

Startling though the design of the plane may be in its radical departure from accepted plans, combining as it does features of both the airplane and the Zeppelin, it represents years of work on the part of Rev. C. H. Loocke, known as the “Flying Parson,” and Lorin Hansen, a young printer.

Suspended in a structure resembling a conventional airplane minus the fuselage is an all-metal, cigar-shaped gas chamber provided with corkscrew type driving vanes. This hull is built of beryllium and filled with helium gas to provide a large percentage of the lift.



To test an autogiro in a motor bandit chase, a driverless car recently was sent speeding across a field near Bryn Athyn, Pa. A windmill plane took off in pursuit, carrying Chief of Police Theodore Hollowell. Using a sub-machine gun, as at left, he peppered the car until a direct hit disabled it. Tracer bullets set the car afire. The end of the chase is shown below, with the autogiro about to land.



THE latest in the helicopter type of flying machine made its initial flight a short time ago when it remained in the air for 1 minute 40 seconds and reached a height of 8 feet. In several later ascensions the machine, carrying two passengers, rose 3 feet above the ground. Helicopters continue to attract considerable attention on account of their ability to rise vertically from the ground and to land in a small area. While the height attained by this helicopter may not seem very impressive, it can be argued that the first trial trip of the Wrights lasted only 59 seconds. The machine was built at McCook field under the supervision of the inventor, Dr. Geo. de Bothezat, a Russian scientist. It is equipped with four lifting propellers, each having six blades and a diameter of 10 feet, and it has provision for flying horizontally. The machine measures 60 feet from tip to tip and has a total lifting capacity of nearly 4,000 pounds.

New York Builds Big Airport for Land and Sea Plane Service (Sep, 1938)

This later became LaGuardia Airport

New York Builds Big Airport for Land and Sea Plane Service

REACHED from the heart of the metropolis by a 28-minute drive over a route which crosses the famous Triborough Bridge and leads to the site of the 1939 World’s Fair, North Beach Airport in the Queens section of New York, N. Y., is being enlarged in area from 105 acres to 429 acres and will be provided with every facility for the handling of giant transcontinental and transoceanic air liners. Exclusive of land, the construction cost of the enlarged airport will represent a cost of about 12 million dollars.

The completed airport, as shown in the artist’s sketch at left, will feature four main runways, one of which will be 4,160 feet long, to accommodate land planes while a vast seaplane basin will provide landing and takeoff facilities for flying “clippers.” Plans for the reconstruction of the airport were prepared by engineers of the Works Progress Administration in co-operation with the city’s Department of Docks. The airport’s hangars and administration buildings will represent the latest ideas in airport architecture.

Huge Barrel Plane for Ocean Flights (Jun, 1933)

Huge Barrel Plane for Ocean Flights

PIERCED by a battery of tunnels a flying wing airplane is proposed by an engineer at the famous Caproni airplane works in Italy. Streamlined motors and four-bladed propellers will drive air blasts through the tunnels, each of which forms a Venturi tube, expanding toward the rear. Thus, according to the inventor, the air will give a forward push something in the manner of rocket propulsion. Aided by the Italian government, the designer recently completed a single-engined experimental craft incorporating his ideas. This odd flying barrel was put through successful tests near Rome. (P.S.M., Jan. ’33, p. 18.) Details of the huge machine he proposes to build for transatlantic travel are shown in the pictures above.

Aviation Novelties (Jun, 1932)

Aviation Novelties

Novices Learn Flying On the Roof
GROUND flying has been practiced for years, it is true, and some old-timer used to try starting from a roof; but the British invention at the left stays right on the roof, to which it is fixed by a pivot. All the controls of the plane can be operated by the student, under instruction.

The new Whitley “Hoverplane”, a device for the instruction of unfledged aviators, being demonstrated on the roof of London’s largest department store.

Movies For Passengers on Long Plane Hops (Jul, 1946)

Movies For Passengers on Long Plane Hops
FULL-LENGTH movies, news-reels, or shorts can be shown to airplane passengers by a new self-contained projection unit (right). Developed by the Air Transport Command and Army Signal Corps, the outfit also provides radio broadcasts and recorded music from sound films, a program being heard either through a loudspeaker or individual headsets. Plane movies entertained many of the War wounded who were evacuated over thousands of miles by air.

Camel Ad: WHAT! A girl training men to fly for Uncle Sam? (Apr, 1942)

WHAT! A girl training men to fly for Uncle Sam?

THE name is Lennox — Peggy Lennox. She may not look the part of a trainer of fighting men, but— She is one of the few women pilots qualified to give instruction in the CAA flight training program. And the records show she’s doing a man-sized job of it. She’s turned out pilots for the Army … for the Navy. Peggy is loyal to both arms of the service. Her only favorite is the favorite in every branch of the service—Camel cigarettes. She says: “It’s always Camels with me—they’re milder in every way.”

Corkscrew Plane for Vertical Flight (Mar, 1933)

Corkscrew Plane for Vertical Flight

Can an airplane be built that will fly straight up? Many odd crafts have been built in vain attempts to solve this problem, but J. P. Sellmer, of Stinson Beach, Calif., is pinning his hopes to one of even stranger design than most. His corkscrew airplane, according to him will lift itself by means of a whirling, continuous wing of spiral design. A small propeller will keep the framework from spinning. Though aviation experts offer the idea little encouragement, Sellmer is busily putting the finishing touches to a large model with which he will test his theory.

Flying Police Outwit Crooks of the Air (Aug, 1933)

I story about the criminal of using a homing pigeon to get extortion money. The victims were supposed to attach the money to the pigeon and let it fly away. The cops painted it orange and then followed it by plane. Poor little orange pigeon.

Flying Police Outwit Crooks of the Air
HURLED into the pounding surf, a thousand yards from shore, seven members of the crew of the navy blimp, J-3, were righting for their lives. It was the morning after the loss of the U. S. Navy dirigible Akron. This second tragedy had occurred as the blimp returned to Beach Haven, N. J., after an unsuccessful search for survivors. A forty-five-mile an hour gale had caught the lighter-than-air craft, driven it out to sea, and sent it crashing into the water with ripped bag and disabled engine.

Spectators crowded the shore. They knew the men would be smothered by the gale-lashed waters long before a boat could reach them. Suddenly, overhead there was the high whine of an aerial motor. A silver-winged amphibian was scudding under the low, black clouds, heading for the wreck. It swooped, landed like a seagull on the tossing ridges of water, and the two occupants began dragging the floundering men to safety within the craft’s cockpit.