IT’S NEW! (Dec, 1955)

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SHOOTING at Big Four, German photographer wields his four-foot camera, longest one used at “Summit” conference in Switzerland.

TRACTOR CADDIE designed by English golfing engineer, Henry Cotton, has engine to make light chore of hefting clubs on links.

STERN WHEELER Mary R churns up spray on maiden trip up Chicago river. Vacationer’s dreamboat was constructed by Thomas Burke. Sr.. and family. Craft houses them all.

WATER SKIS with a new twist—12 feet long and made of aluminum tubes—are brain- child of Hungarian refugee Dezso Nemeeth. who lives in Italy. Paddle motivates skis.

FLYING SAUCER with 27-foot diameter is expected to fly next year by its French de- signer, Rene Couzinet. Pilot and passengers will sit in transparent cupola on top.

DRIVE-IN Milwaukee restaurant has Infra Rayhead Gas Heaters above each of 50 car bays to warm patrons, car hops in winter.

FLEET Bell X-2 with rocket engine is designed to probe heat barrier. Sleek ship reached record-breaking 1.650 mph in 1953.

EINE MILLION spelled out by Volkswagens at Wolfsburg, Western Germany’s largest auto plant, signifies post-war production mark plant hit early in August this year.

PIPE DREAM attached to air-conditioner in Texas home of AF Capt. Arthur Thiesen cools living room by day and bedroom at night.

ROTAFOIL chute automatically rotates, provides more drag and stability for falling objects. Radioplane Co., Van Nuys, Calif.

BARK with big bite in form of dynamite recently found in trees of Berlin’s British sector is from WW II and is being removed.

THIEF-CATCHING device dyes robber and loot red if snatched from brief case wired to wearer’s belt. The gadget is French-made.

EYE-POPPING earring valued at $100,000 is believed largest pearl in world. It was shown at Chicago’s National Jewelry Fair.

LOW-COST French plane will sell for about $1,142. It has 25-foot wingspread. weighs only 600 pounds and has 120-mph top speed.

SWISS CHEESE-like balcony-barriers let air, light through but protect privacy of apartments in Berlin’s American sector.

SKY SCOOTER can refuel at any gas station, cruise at 60 mph. Bensen Aircraft Corp. craft will also be available in kit form.

  1. Richard says: June 16, 20119:46 am

    I was intrigued by the flying saucer photo, and dug up the following info. Apparently it never flew (surprise), but its designer had a history of several more succesful, more conventional, aircraft.…

  2. dergutie says: June 16, 201110:15 am

    Can anyone imagine what would happen in today’s scurity manic climate if some showed up with and aimed that camera at someone impoertant?

  3. Hirudinea says: June 16, 201111:14 am

    @ Derguite – I know, when I first saw the photo I thought it was a rocket launcher!

  4. mburdoo says: June 16, 201112:01 pm

    Interesting story about the aeronautical engineer who designed the “flying saucer”. I wonder if he did any wind tunnel tests.

  5. Stephen says: June 17, 20116:26 am

    The powered trolley can now be found on every golf course, but it works better with an electric motor than an i.c. engine!

    As for the very long lens: the telephoto design did away with that. It is basically a telescope. I have a lens for my camera with a 500mm focal length, equivalent to half a metre. A simple lens with that focal length would have to be 500mm long. Advances in lens design with more complex optics allowed the physical length of the lens to be reduced far below the optical focal length.

  6. Pat Flannery says: June 20, 201112:28 am

    The interesting thing about the Couzinet flying saucer photo is that it shows the counter-rotating rotor blades on the top and bottom of the disc in motion
    This was a 1/2 scale model of what the finished aircraft was supposed to look like, and between the spinning upper and lower rotors was mounted a set of control blades that apparently took care of pitch, roll, and yaw control of the saucer. You can see them at rest here:
    There’s more info on the whole thing here:
    Couzinet got pretty much deleted from French aeronautical history for suspected collaboration with the occupying German forces during WWII.
    Earlier versions of the RC-360 design though would neatly account for the “Nazi Flying Saucer” rumors of the wartime years, as what was described in them seems to be a lot like the concept the RC-360 design used, and they were supposed to have some sort of rotating blades around the disc’s circumference: http://www.unicraft.20m…
    …with an underslung jet engine, just like the RC-360 was supposed to use.

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