Bensen BUILD-IT YOURSELF ONE-MAN COPTER
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Raleigh-Durham Airport, Raleigh, N. C.
Heliport tops World’s Fair restaurant
Helicopters for visitors to the New York World’s Fair will land on and take oft from a foot heliport atop a two-level 1,000-seat restaurant and 400-seat cocktail lounge. The building, which covers the Port of New York Authority’s fair exhibit, is supported by columns at the four sides, two of them housing elevators.
SCIENCE IN PICTURES
Mechanical “Wings” with which the inventor hopes he will be able to fly, are the work of 36-year-old Horace T. Pentecost of Seattle. In his right hand he holds the flight control stick: its handle is the throttle, regulated by turning. The “Hoppicopter,” as the inventor calls it, has a 2-cylinder, 20 hp. motor and weighs 60 pounds plus.
Precipitron an electrostatic air cleaner made by Westinghouse, cleans 23,000 cubic feet of air per minute in this room where lenses for naval optical instruments like periscopes are checked.
The Army’s famed “pinwheel” is now on the market for civilians!
I’VE just been sitting in part of the future of aviation. It was unusually comfortable, had plenty of leg room, nice color harmony, good visibility and was equipped with such homey touches as ash trays and grey carpeting.
This is a quickie description of the first commercial 4-place helicopter, the Sikorsky S-51. I was given a preview of it at the plant in Bridgeport, Conn., the home of “the only helicopters that went to war.”
Co-Axial Rotors. as on the Hiller-copter illustrated in the December Mechanix Illustrated, eliminate noise and vibration on this new helicopter designed by Vincent Bendix. The inventor claims it will be easier to operate and safer than an automobile. Two levers control the machine’s flight, and continuous autorotation makes it possible to fly it with safety at altitudes of only 100 to 200 feet.
By Henry M. Lewis, Jr.
NEXT year, your back yard may be an airport. At least it will if it’s 50 x 50 ft. or larger—and provided your budget can stand the sort of strain another automobile in the medium price class might place on it.
The family’s “second car” in this case, however, won’t be just another woe-on-wheels to clutter up the highways. This one’s designed, literally, to “rise above” traffic problems. In fact, it isn’t a car at all, but a little one-stick, two-seater helicopter so simple in concept that you’ll find yourself a pilot in a matter of hours—not months—after you buy it.
COMING: Rooftop Airports
Runway-less air terminals, VTOL’s will greet air travelers of 1965.
STRANGE-looking craft that take off and land on rooftop airports, operate via automatic flight instruments and controlled by electronic traffic cops are some of the things in store for the air traveler of 1965. Dream stuff? Not according to Civil Aeronautics Administration experts who made the above predictions. Many such planes are already working models or on drawing boards. Limited runway space will mean more and more vertical takeoff and land (VTOL) ships in the air. Passenger planes will have tilting wings and power plants on a horizontal body and will rise and land like helicopters. Skyscraper roofs will be the “fields” for the aircraft of tomorrow.
That flight-suit on the second page is one of the most steam-punky looking things I’ve ever seen that wasn’t actually designed to look that way. I also love the habit of just throwing a woman in the frame when they show pictures of weird stuff. Balance?
HYDROFOILS in kit form are easily installed on almost all outboard craft from 12 to 16 feet Safe, smooth, they literally make boat fly. Atlantic Hydrofin, Miami. Fla.
GROWING UP LAMP’S base has yardstick with spaces for marking date, weight, height of little Oscar, who likes to see how much he “growed.” Device was exhibited in Chicago.
SLIT SPECS, originated by the Eskimos, are considered the most on Canadian ski slopes these days. Glassless, slits guard against sun’s glare. This pair costs $20.
Helicopter Prodigy Designs Man-Carrying Rocket
STANLEY Hiller, Jr., isn’t satisfied with his helicopters. He has his sights set on a star. Literally, that is. And if he has his way, he’s going to get to that star in a machine of his own make, a man-carrying rocket which he calls the VJ-100.
The present model uses a combination of jet and rocket power and looks like a V-2 with wings. It is designed to take off straight upward, powered by a Rolls Royce Nene turbo-jet engine and 5,000 lbs. of rocket thrust. Later conversions will make use of rocket power alone to drive the VJ-100 away from the earth’s gravity on its interplanetary explorations.
Autogiro Principle Adapted to Helicopter
HARRY T. NELSON, a war-time aviator now living in Dallas, Texas, has recently developed a helicopter which has proved very successful in the model stage and which he believes to be a solution of the problem of vertical flight.
One outstanding feature of the machine is the means of rotating the large horizontal propeller at the top.