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How a Metal “Man” Pilots Plane (Feb, 1930)

How a Metal “Man” Pilots Plane

Is the day of the airplane which will be piloted by pushing a button almost here? A new gyroscopic control keeps an airplane on an even keel and on a predetermined course more accurately than the most experienced human pilot.

A MECHANICAL pilot, a small instrument weighing only 50 pounds and small enough to be stowed away under a chair, recently piloted a tri-motored airplane on a three-hour flight between Dayton and Washington far more accurately and with greater precision than the most accomplished human pilot.