Police Planes Take Off From Car to Hunt Down Crooks (Aug, 1933)

Police Planes Take Off From Car to Hunt Down Crooks

FUGITIVE criminals stand little chance of escape when the Oregon State police take out after them. They are hunted down from the air by a plane that takes off from the top of an automobile, which then goes after the felons on the ground.

How the scheme works is illustrated at the left. The small plane rests on a platform on the top of a sedan and has folding wings to facilitate storage. When an alarm comes in, the wings are unfolded, the motor car speeds up to 25 miles per hour, and the ship takes to the air in search of the fugitives. Dick Rankin, Portland, Oregon, aviator, is the originator of the stunt.

  1. Roflcopter says: January 29, 20084:46 am

    Quote: “…, which then goes after the felons on the ground.”

    .., where the felons shoot it down from a Sedan (a different one) with their Tommy Guns.


  2. Neil Russell says: January 29, 20086:43 am

    Those Mythbusters will try anything to get a laugh won’t they?

  3. creesto says: January 29, 20087:24 am

    Whoa, Jackson! 25 MPH??? What were they THINKING???

  4. nlpnt says: January 29, 20082:56 pm

    “Yeah, I’m looking for a car with better gas mileage. Maybe better handling, too – the one I’m driving now is practically an aircraft carrier…”

  5. Eamon says: January 29, 20083:52 pm

    So do they land on the car too? Bet that’s fun.

    How on Earth is this more efficient than getting on the radio with an airport?

  6. Rick Auricchio says: January 29, 20085:03 pm

    Never mind that it appears they’re in front of an aircraft hangar (which implies, oddly enough, an airport).

    What if there were trees near the roadway? Finding a wide-open road is about as easy as an airstrip.

    NO, WAIT! I KNOW! It’s the 1933 version of Homeland Security! Same geniuses working then as now.

  7. Sporkinum says: January 30, 200810:57 am
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