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Rubber Fortresses for A-Bomb Defense
Here's how the Air Force's new air-building can hide the radar sentries guarding America against attack. By Frank Tinsley CAN we avert an atomic Pearl Harbor? Yes, we can—with rubber bubbles! For a string of giant rubber bubbles, housing radar sentries, hidden in the icy peaks of America's northernmost mountains, could be our first line of defense against any A-bomb attack. The secret of these amazing rubber fortresses is the new Radome, a revolutionary shelter of rubber and glass textile, developed by the Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory Inc. for the Air Force research center at Red Bank, N. J.
Rosicrucians Ad: Will Man Create Life?
DOES THE SECRET of life belong to Divinity alone? Will Nature's last frontier give way to man's inquiring mind? Can man become a creator, peopling the world with creatures of his own fancy? Was the ancient sage right, who said: "To the Gods the Soul belongs, but to man will belong the power of Life"? Will the future know a superior, Godlike race of humans—each a genius and each the masterful creation of an unerring formula—or will Soulless beings, shorn of the feelings which have bound mortals together in understanding, dominate the earth?
Leston Special
Leston Special If this auto looks more like an airplane than a car, it’s because owner L. Leston is a London dealer in aircraft spare parts. What started him designing this model was an extra set of curved plastic panels from the cockpit of an old reconnaissance machine. The Special is built on the chassis […]
Ring-a-Ride, Flying Bike, Secrets of the Heart and Spurting Molten Steel
Flying Bike, left, takes off for a 10-mph spin into space. Navy attorney Charles K. Paul built this strange pedal-copter by rigging bicycle parts and a homemade prop to a gas bag. Above, helium bears him aloft for test at Lakehurst, N. J. Rolling Wheel gathers lots of fun for London lads and lassies when Alfred Ryan tries out his novel Ring-a-Ride in the streets of the town's Islington area. He plans to make a 60-foot model for the visitors to Britain's big 1951 Festival.
Stationette is a three-wheel car with a simplified airplane construction. It has a four-cylinder water-cooled rear engine. Martin Develop. Co., Rochelle Park, N. J., hopes to sell the two-passenger auto under $1000.
Self-Propelled Surfboard
SKIMBOATING—newest fad at Cypress Gardens, Florida—is rapidly outgrowing that novelty classification. It provides you with all the thrills of aquaplaning without making you lug a boat along. Also, you can break down this self-propelled surfboard into three small sections. Developed by Emil Hansen of Bryn Mawr, Pa., the craft has a 7-1/2-hp outboard engine housed in a watertight aluminum hull. It's 90 inches long, 24 inches wide and weighs 120 pounds. Top speed is about 30 mph and you steer it with a rudder aft and by shifting your body.
TV's Fabulous Fluffs
By West Peterson TO see or not to see—that was the question. It was one of television's most embarrassing moments. Engineers of CBS-TV were on hand with their equipment at the monster reunion show of the Air Force Association in Madison Square Garden, New York City, in October, 1948. For an hour everything went smoothly. There was a succession of screen stars on the stage. The camera took them in closeup for the TV fans. Then along came Gypsy Rose Lee, the eminent strip teaser. Would she be a good girl and leave her clothes on? Or would she yield to the clamor of the vets and do something to shock television's self-appointed censors?