Tiny Airplane Folds Into Suitcase
DEPICTED in this month’s Modern Mechanics’ cover is the tiny bicycle type biplane which has been developed in France by M. Pischof.
The tiny biplane has a span of but 12 feet, weighs but 200 lbs., and is powered with a 4 h.p. opposed motor. This is evidently enough to give passable performance for the little ship was recently test flown by a grown man for a distance of 20 miles.
PIN-UP CAR – 1939 Bugatti 57S
Owner: Thomas Butler Folsom, Pasadena, Calif. Original cost: $25,000 (including duty). Engine: straight 8, double overhead cam with Roots direct blower, 210 hp. Body: aluminum, hand made by Ganglof, Colmar, France. Interior: Australian black kid. Finish: Bugatti red, black top. Wheelbase: 130 inches. Miles per gallon: 15. Top speed: 130 mph.
When The Army Moves Life Moves With It!
ANY proof you might need that Uncle Sam is developing a mobile army can be found in these pictures, taken on maneuvers. When the camp moves all the conveniences move with it, including the commissary, at right, the sterilization unit, left below, the blacksmith shop, below, right, and the carpenter’s shop.
Recreation a Military Necessity
By EDWIN DENBY
Secretary of the Navy
WHEN a young American voluntarily enters the Naval Service of his country, by that act he lays aside for a while, and at all times when actually on duty, many of the rights and privileges which before as an independent citizen he was free to exercise.
So, it’s an article about a woman who flies planes and goes diving, but most of the article is about who she marries. Typical.
The thing I don’t understand is the last sentence: “After his third wreck, the sinking of the S. S. Delhi, he claimed his bride.”
Does that mean he was on three separate ships that sank? Did he sink them? How is this relevant to the story?
SHE FLIES AND DIVES
AN odd compact came to fulfillment recently when Mrs. Alys McKey Bryant, the prominent aviatrice, married Jesse W. Callow, chief engineer of the Pacific Coast Steamship Company. Years before, they had come to the agreement that if, at the expiration of ten years’ time both of them were free, they would marry.
There have been a good number of aircraft that used contra-rotating propellers.
Two-Way Propellers Lessen Air Torque
THE latest development in airplane propellers, the product of English inventors, is called the Rotol Constant-Speed Contra-Rotating Airscrew, shown at the right. Although appearing to be a six-bladed propeller, the contrivance actually consists of two three-bladed propellers which rotate in opposite directions. Among the advantages claimed for the new type prop are complete elimination of torque and improved handling during aerial acrobatics.
MI Tests the 1951 Kaiser Special
“Good looks, real performance and lots of new ideas” should enable the new medium-priced Kaiser to give competitors a run for their money, says Tom McCahill.
THE 1951 Supersonic six-cylinder Kaiser Special—one of three all-new lines produced this year by Kaiser-Frazer —is quite an automobile. It has good looks, real performance and a lot of brand new little ideas which should cause competitors to take inventory of their own merchandise.
Cruise on Land and Tour on Water
AERONAUTICAL invention has conquered the air, and yet airplanes can run also on the earth. Nautical invention has* conquered the sea; but vessels cannot run also on the earth. Now, if the genius of man can make airships that will run upon land, why should it not also devise sea ships that will do the same thing?
Ninety seven years later and you’d be hard pressed to find a hundred electric cars in all of NYC.
Incidentally the $45 a month price would be equivalent to $1022 a month in 2012 dollars. While that sounds like a lot of money I’m sure you could find valet lots around central park that actually cost that much today.
OWNERS CO-OPERATE IN GARAGE
ELECTRIC car owners and dealers in the Central Park district of New-York City have banded together and built a co-operative garage. One hundred electric machines have been placed in the new station and six dealers in electrics and accessories have taken show room along the street frontage. As the result, the fortunate ones have reduced storage expenses considerably.
Take a tip from the AAF and relax yourself with these exercises which are done while sitting down.
BY C. B. COLBY
THE next time you are on a long auto ride or plane flight with some chap who used to be in the Air Corps you may get a scare. He may suddenly hunch his shoulders, arch his back and then slump down in his seat, rotate his shoulders or violently nod his head back and forth. If this happens don’t bail out.
It’s not, combat fatigue, long woolen underwear or ants in his pants. He’s doing cockpit “PT’s” and a darn good habit it is, too.