Aircraft Manufacturers Invited to Design Plane Around Curtiss, Wright, Liberty, or Packard Engines
The Air Service is vitally interested in the problem of developing a two-seater corps observation airplane which will be a distinct advance over present types, and with this end in view contemplates the purchase in the fall of 1924 of four experimental corps observation airplanes.
Following is an official outline of the Navy policy regarding the organization of Naval Reserve Aviation: “In order to supply a sufficient number of trained Naval Aviators to complement the Aircraft Squadrons involved in the War Plan of the Navy Department, the herein contained Aviation Policy for the United States Reserve Force is adopted and will be placed into effect as the funds for its support become available.
While soaring in an up-current of air, over the slope of a hill or range of hills, presents no particular difficulty, provided the rising current is strong enough and the machine has a sufficiently good gliding angle and ample controllability, gliding in a horizontal wind, by making use of such turbulence as exists in the wind, is at present outside the practical possibility, although theory indicates that a certain amount of energy should be available for soaring flight.
The Navy and the nation have been menaced for three vears by naval conservatism. This unfortunate condition prevented the adoption of an enlightened and modem policy in 1920, when certain officers, some of whom are still in prominent positions in the Navy, discouraged, if they did not actually prevent, the development of submarine and air forces, without which no navy can hope for victory in the next naval war.
Dayton, Ohio, Oct. 2-4, 1924 Complementary to the article printed in our last issue in which the program of the International Air Races to be held in Dayton Oct. 2-4, next, was reviewed, there is given below a summary of the chief technical conditions of the various racing events, as contained in the first edition of the regulations.
The first shipment of supplies for the World encircling flight to be started next month left the Fairfield Air Intermediate Depot on the evening of Feb. 4. The shipment went by freight to Seattle, where it will be transferred to a ship which will sail on March 1 for Alaskan ports.
It is estimated that the U.S.S. Shenandoah will be ready for flight by May 1. The reconstruction of the tail sections and the bow of the ship is now being carried on. The deflation of the gas cells in the ship is complete, and the outer covering has been largely removed.
There is without the slightest doubt a greater interest in this country with regard to light plane development than in any other phase of aviation. Our mail indicates this. Our interviews confirm it. Questions of all kinds come from all parts of the country as to where information can be had about this or that subject relating to the small plane and its low powered engine.