FLYING POST OFFICE
A 200 mph. “flying post-office” using the Fairchild Packet cargo plane, is in the offing, according to a recent announcement by Post Office Department and Air Transport Association officials.
The plane will be equipped with unique facilities for storing and sorting mail in flight which, coupled with the plane’s great capacity, long range and ease of loading will give far faster airmail service between major American cities than is now possible.
The plane is capable of carrying up to seven tons of airmail in its squared fuselage.
“I’ll be with You Next Week in my New Heath Parasol”
say thousands of new builders of America’s most popular sport plane. Start building your Parasol now for only $12.00!
This week, next week, every week —more and more Heath Parasols are in the air offering new thrills and new pleasures to countless thousands who never before could afford to fly. Some of these new flyers have long waited for a light plane offering complete safety with ease of handling. Others have been waiting for a truly dependable plane— at a cost they could afford. To both groups — the Heath Parasol now opens the airways of America for the first time in aviation history.
All-Plywood Airplane Demonstrates Ability
THE first of a new fleet of airplanes designed for mass production in times of war materials shortage is shown at the right as it was tested in flights over New York City. Fuselage and wings are made entirely of plywood and molded plastic and the ship can be turned out with a minimum of metal, which is needed for fighters and other defense machinery. The aircraft is built by the Langley Aviation Corp. It has two 65-horsepower motors. The plywood used in the test model was all mahogany. It is believed the process will result in cheaper production.
TEN MEN are required to budge this huge monoplane a few feet from its hangar. The Bernard plane is one of the largest of this type in the world.
Its spacious interior is equipped in a palatial style. Passengers may be at complete ease even in a bad storm. A reading room and all modern facilities are a part of the equipment, and the tremendous wing spread affords real safety.
A special gasoline compartment is provided in order that longer flights may be made without the necessary stops for refueling.
Air Freighters Have New Feet
THIS new tractor type landing gear, now undergoing tests at Air Material Command headquarters, Wright Field, Ohio, is designed to enable heavy planes to land on runways which are not concrete-covered. The gear, which is similar to that used on tanks and was developed by the Firestone Rubber Co., was originated by the AMC early in the war. In present tests on heavy cargo planes, a rubber-wire cord combination has been found most efficient. Attempts are being made to develop a light-weight gear.
There’s a great Radio Lab segment about Lincoln Beachy you should really listen to.
Flying Daredevils of 20 YEARS AGO
By HI SIBLEY
America’s first Aviation Meet was held in Los Angeles in 1910, with all the aerial daredevils of the time among those present. In this absorbing article, Mr. Sibley points out interesting contrasts between air heroes of today and yesterday.
IT HAS been said, with a good deal of truth, that the days of the flying daredevil are gone forever. True, pilots still put their machines through impossible maneuvers and extricate themselves from risky situations, but the airplanes they use are so dependable and sturdy that the public no longer looks upon these stunts as involving any element of personal danger.
Wind Tunnel and Model Airplane in Aviation School
A NEW instruction device has been installed for student airplane pilots by Professor Roland Spaulding, aeronautics expert at New York University who is shown above giving members of the first women’s aviation school a few pointers on flying. One of the girl pupils sits in the chair “cockpit” and works the controls which in turn manipulate the model Curtiss Robin plane. The plane is in front of a wind tunnel and responds to the air currents just as a full-sized plane would respond up among actual currents of air
New German Developments in Airport Lighting Devices
TWO much needed aids to night flying have recently been developed in Germany. The first of these is the illuminated wind vane. The old type wind-sock was, of course, invisible at night, and almost so in daylight unless its location was familiar to the aviators using the airport. The new vane, on the contrary, may be seen for miles.
Tilting Rotor Steers New Autogiro
Unusual Craft Has No Wings and Vanes Fold So it Can Be Stored in a One-Car Garage One overhead handle in the cabin of the latest type of autogiro, now being successfully tested and flown at Willow Grove, Pa., enables the pilot to steer up, down, or sideways and to bank the craft simply by tilting the windmill-like rotor. The experimental model carries a horizontal rudder, but tests indicate that this may be superfluous.