There has been a steady development, during the past summer, of aviation for commercial purposes in the United States. Flying boats, particularly have come into their own as passenger carriers. When C. F. Redden, President of the Aeromarine Engineering & Sales Co., signed the contract with the United States Navy for the exclusive distribution of the naval coast patrol HS2 flying boats, he did so with the realization that for the next few years the development of commercial flying would principally be through the use of flying boats—owing to the fact that several years would be necessary to establish landing fields for overland flying.
To enable the Army Air Service to pursue bombing experiments against warships supplementary to the tests conducted last June and July off the Virginia Capes, the Navy Department has turned over to the War Department the obsolete battleship Alabama.
The American Airway’s, Inc., operating a training school for air mechanics, and aerial ‘garage’ at College Point, L. I., announce that they are in an excellent position to handle overhaul jobs for seaplanes which have had a hard season and wish to get fitted out for the winter.
While the principal activities of the Zeppelin Co. had, up to the Armistice, centered upon the production of rigid airships, this important German firm has ever since 1912 been actively concerned with the construction of heavier-than-air craft.
Every week, AVIATION AND AIRCRAFT JOURNAL prints the biographical sketch of men who are prominent in American Aeronautics. These sketches will be published later m pamphlet form. As so many of the officers change their stations often, it is believed that a semi-annual issue will be necessary.