Man-Made Gales Help Airplanes Land (Nov, 1928)
Man-Made Gales Help Airplanes Land
HUGE fans which can whip up a 65-mile gale that will act as a brake on landing airplanes will be the next piece of equipment installed in the modern airport, according to experimenters.
Aviators have long known that it is easier to land in a stiff breeze than in still air, and it is proposed to take advantage of this fact by arranging twelve to twenty fans on the landing field to supply an artificial gale. The fans would be arranged at the end of the field to cover a section 200 ft. wide and 90 ft. high.
The air would be driven through a screen of steel bars one inch wide and two feet apart. This screen would serve to break up the eddies of the air.
Flying into this man-made breeze, the aviator would be able to land in the small space of a city block, or even on top of a moderate sized office building.
The fans would be equally helpful in aiding the plane to take-off, for the angle of the ascent could be increased from 20 degrees to 50 degrees with a 65-mile gale furnishing lifting power for the wings.
By cutting down the space necessary for a plane to land, department stores will be able to maintain landing facilities on top of their buildings for the convenience of shoppers. This would aid immensely in popularizing the airplane for everyday