VTO – Build a flying model of the most revolutionary of all aircraft — a plane that takes off vertically. (Nov, 1955)

The only prototype to fly is at the Florida Air Museum, Lakeland, FL.  Because the intended engine never arrived the plane never actually took off or landed vertically.  Takeoffs and landings were accomplished by attaching wheels for conventional takeoffs and landings although a few transitions were made in flight as well as one instance of bringing it to a hover.

VTO – Build a flying model of the most revolutionary of all aircraft — a plane that takes off vertically.

SOME ten years ago, the United States – Navy initiated a development program for a vertical take-off type of plane. Two aircraft of this new species were built, one by the Convair (Consolidated Vultee) designated XFY-1. The other, built by Lockheed Aircraft is designated XFV-1. A model of the latter is the one we are going to build. These planes are not helicopters or convertiplanes. However, they have attributes of both in their flight patterns.

Flying Auto (Jun, 1946)

If you keep the original formatting, the first line is “Flying Auto kills two”. That would explain why it’s “not yet ready to be placed on the market”.

Popular Science did a much more comprehensive article on the car.  They at least mentioned the inventor’s name. It was designated as the Convair 116 which led to the Convair 118.

Flying Auto kills two birds with one stone. Minus the wing and tail structure it is an automobile; with them, it becomes a creditable flying machine. The two-passenger plane is still in the experimental state so far, and is not yet ready to be placed on the market.

The Army’s famed “pinwheel” is now on the market for civilians! (Jun, 1946)

The Army’s famed “pinwheel” is now on the market for civilians!

I’VE just been sitting in part of the future of aviation. It was unusually comfortable, had plenty of leg room, nice color harmony, good visibility and was equipped with such homey touches as ash trays and grey carpeting.

This is a quickie description of the first commercial 4-place helicopter, the Sikorsky S-51. I was given a preview of it at the plant in Bridgeport, Conn., the home of “the only helicopters that went to war.”



For a couple of years after this article was written, the Navy was still ordering subsonic fighter planes to launch off of carriers.  This is because the then state of the art jet engine technology required takeoff rolls too long for an aircraft carrier. This is what led the Navy to consider a supersonic seaplane like the Convair Sea Dart.



IT KILLS us to admit it but the British have sneaked in with two more aviation firsts—a jet powered flying boat and a seaplane fighter with retractable hull.

From the Saunders-Roe back room comes the single seater SR/A1 jet fighter, one of the most interesting as well as prophetic aircraft of recent times. (See drawing at right.) This amazing little “pint-size clipper” with a nasty sting is the first boat-hulled aircraft to be powered with jet engines.


Saying 400 mph is “approaching the speed of sound” is sort of like saying that walking down the street is “approaching the maximum speed of a Formula One race car.”


As a civilian pilot you will experience none of the hazards which are apt to confront our military flyers.

PICK up today’s military aviation releases and read all about how blackout suits, electric underwear, pressure cabins, crash helmets and oxygen masks protect our pilots against the “effects of flying.” No wonder many of us are afraid to go up in a plane! We have been given the impression that in order to fly, a fellow has to be a kind of Captain Marvel with a stainless-steel constitution.

My 200-Passenger Planes (Feb, 1930)

My 200-Passenger Planes

Here is the story of the wonder plane of the world by the brilliant man who conceived, engineered and built it. Read Dr. Dornier’s sparkling analysis of future flying problems, and of the proposed New York-South America flight to be made this spring with the DO-X!

by DR. CLAUDE DORNIER Builder of largest airplane in the world.

ON a memorable bright day last fall the largest airplane in the world, the flying boat, DO.X, which I designed and built in my factory on the shores of Lake Constance, was hauled out of the workshops where it had taken shape and launched into the lake ready for its trial flight.

Trans-Atlantic Speedboat Nears Completion (May, 1930)

Trans-Atlantic Speedboat Nears Completion
One of the first trans-Atlantic aero speedboats, the Silver Eagle, will soon be tested in Massachusetts. It has a wing span of 48 feet and powered by two Liberty motors. Each prop is 9 ft., 4 in. Jong. A speed of 90 m.p.h, is expected. It is 40 ft. long, will carry 1100 gals, of gas and 32 passengers. The boat has a number of new and novel features that are expected to be noteworthy contributions to aeronautic and engineering knowledge.

Back Alley Airport (Dec, 1941)

Back Alley Airport

Requisitioning of most of the private airports in and around New York City by Uncle Sam has more or less put the blight on private flying. However, here’e one airport that is determined not to let national defense throw it for a loss.

Joe Alta and his Alta Fliers, unable to obtain quarters at any one of the established fields, took over a vacant lot in the suburbs, and now they’re going strong again.

Why Don’t We Build – FLYING RAM FIGHTERS! (Nov, 1954)

The “fact” that the Northrop XP-79B was intended to ram enemy bombers is an urban legend as reported by serious aviation researchers. Click here.

Northrop always intended to outfit it with .50 caliber machine guns after the prototype stage.


If atomic attack comes, our best defense may be rammer planes that give the pilot a chance to survive.

By Martin Caidin

LET’S face it—the complete air defense of the United States is an impossibility.

Even with all-weather jet fighters armed with machine guns, rockets, and guided missiles; with rocket fighters; with unpiloted robot fighters; with supersonic rocket guided missiles; with radar picket ships and picket planes; with ground observers and a far-flung communications system, we can’t prevent a certain number of enemy atomic and hydrogen bombs from hitting our cities.



“Sea Otter,” Radically New Cargo Boat, Tested.

ONE of the “hush-hush” items of America’s defense effort is a radically new type of boat known as the “Sea Otter.” A one-third size model of the new boat is shown at the top. At right is a full-scale “Sea Otter,” showing its novel pointed prow. The propeller is just aft of the center of the ship. Powered with 16 six-cylinder automobile motors, “Sea Otters” can be turned out in two months, will be 270 feet long, carry 1,500 tons of cargo, and have a cruising range of 7,000 miles.