AIR-SEA FIGHTERS (Sep, 1947)
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.
BY C.B. COLBY
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.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO FLY! (Aug, 1945)
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.”
DON’T BE AFRAID TO FLY!
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.
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.
Why Don’t We Build – FLYING RAM FIGHTERS!
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.
Misc. Helicopters (Jun, 1945)
Contra-rotating main rotors were a feature of the HH-43B in service with the Air Force from the 1950′s to the 70′s
Co-Axial Rotors. as on the Hiller-copter illustrated in the December Mechanix Illustrated, eliminate noise and vibration on this new helicopter designed by Vincent Bendix. The inventor claims it will be easier to operate and safer than an automobile. Two levers control the machine’s flight, and continuous autorotation makes it possible to fly it with safety at altitudes of only 100 to 200 feet.