Speedy Sled From Wrecked Plane (Jun, 1931)
Speedy Sled From Wrecked Plane
WHERE do good airplanes go when they die? Here’s one that was reincarnated in the form of an ice sled, and is now capable of making 75 miles an hour over frozen Lake St. Clair near Detroit. Robert Ellwell and John Caldwell, of St. Clair, Michigan, salvaged a wrecked and abandoned plane, installed runners and a novel rudder, and made the craft do almost as much on the ice as she did in the air. The airplane fuselage, being streamlined, made the attainment of record speeds easy. The runners for the novel airplane-sled were carefully located under the structure’s center of gravity.