Streamlined Scooter HAS TURBINE DRIVE
DESIGNER’S DREAM CYCLE USES A 4-HP. ENGINE AND GETS 60 M.P.H.
IT SPORTS A POLISHED ALUMINUM BODY ON A LIGHT TUBULAR FRAME.
WITH an eye to the short-trip driver, quick-delivery services, and vacationists, Ray Russell, of Detroit, has designed and built an unconventional motor scooter.
How is it “non-stop” if he has five “refueling contacts”? I’m guessing they didn’t refuel in midair…
The first airborne circumnavigation without refueling didn’t happen until the Rutan Voyager in 1986.
Plans Non-Stop World Flight
A GIANT airplane that may make a nonstop trip around the world and large enough to carry 14 passengers has been built recently for Clyde Pangborn, noted aviator. The fuselage is so designed that its lifting ability is developed to the utmost, being actually part of the wing. Power is supplied by two Pratt and Whitney “hornet” engines.
Can Superfighters Stop the Bombers?
By Herbert Yahraes
Drawings by Ray Pioch
Are the huge new bombers invincible? Have they made fighters obsolete? Or will big, new “fighter-bombers” be the answer to air defense? Popular Science assigned a tough-minded reporter, with 110 previous military experience, connections, or prejudices, to interview the experts—military, civilian, and scientific. Here is his evaluation of the hottest argument in the history of air power.
This has a rather Inspector Gadgetish look to it with the extending tail. I’m pretty sure you’d want to put the propeller in the back so you don’t, you know, chop your feet off.
Cruising Parachute Driven by Motor
A PARACHUTE propelled by a two-cylinder gasoline motor is the latest safety device proposed to keep pace with the rapid development of the airplane. The idea, depicted on this month’s cover of Modern Mechanics magazine, was on the verge of an actual try-out by Buddy Bushmeyer, veteran parachute jumper, when he was killed in an airplane accident after he had gone up without a parachute for the first time in his long career as an airman.
Perils and Rewards of Dirt Track Racing
By RAY F. KUNS, Automotive Engineer
This article is one of a series on vocational subjects, showing the opportunities offered young men in various professions. Each month an expert in his line will outline for readers of Modern Mechanics the advantages of his particular vocation as a life-time work.
I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a writer use “…!”. I think that should be called the ellipsobang. It might need it’s own symbol though, like the interrobang (‽);
On dining well
O noble gastronomic music, descend… and inspire this discourse…!
The joys of eating beautifully prepared food are perhaps more immediate, complex and compelling than those derived from any daily experience. For what other art calls at once upon the four senses of taste, touch, sight and smell? Such a complicated variety of stimuli is reserved for devotees of the culinary cult.
Gee, lucky for us the gilded age is is back with a vengeance.
Last of the Big Yachts
DURING the last generation every self-respecting millionaire in the land owned a yacht on which to entertain and sometimes even to cruise. Confronted 20 years ago with rising taxes and costs, the majority were quick to get rid of their boats.
Learning to Use Our Wings
This Department Will Keep Our Readers Informed of the Latest Facts About Airplanes and Airships
CONDUCTED BY ALEXANDER KLEMIN
In charge, Daniel Guggenheim School of Aeronautics, New York City Aviation Safety Congress.
THE Daniel Guggenheim Fund for the Protection of Aeronautics has, since its inception, made safety in aviation the object of its main efforts. Recently the Fund organized a Congress on Safety in Aviation, arranged in co-operation with the National Safety Council, and held at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City.
Fireless Steam Locomotives Pull Big Loads for Industry
By ARTHUR WINFIELD
Without boilers, fireboxes, grates, and pans, or tubes, these huge engines can pull twenty or more freight cars in a single train, but have been almost unknown to the American public for nearly a lifetime.
WHY should a steam locomotive, hauling and switching heavy loads around factories, warehouses and freight yards, deluge the landscape with smoke, sparks, ash dust, cinders, and foul gases, when all this can so easily be avoided?