NEW MAIL PLANE HIDES WHEELS AS IT RISES (Dec, 1930)

That sure is an interesting way to refuel a plane…

NEW MAIL PLANE HIDES WHEELS AS IT RISES

When the newest of the mail planes leaves the ground, the landing wheels swing backward and tuck themselves away in the lower side of the wing. A study in streamlining, the 158-mile-an-hour “Boeing Monomail” is shaped so that its speedy passage through the sky meets with the least possible air resistance. Recently the all-metal craft was placed in regular service on the air mail route between Chicago and San Francisco.

A glance at this low-wing monoplane’s lines shows how far airplane designers have progressed since the “bird-cage” biplanes, crisscrossed with struts and wire braces, of fifteen years ago. The “Mono-mail’s” fuselage tapers like a cigar, and is broken only by a low windshield for the pilot. Around the motor a newly-developed type of cowling further reduces wind resistance.

2 comments
  1. Orv says: January 6, 20082:26 am

    I vaguely remember someone using that refueling method to set a duration record for ultralight aircraft. (Ultralights in the U.S. are limited to 5 gallons of fuel capacity.)

  2. Blurgle says: January 6, 200811:08 pm

    The first retractable landing gear?

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