JUST AS the war surplus material is being gradually used up, so also the number of pilots and mechanics who were trained during the War is gradually becoming more limited and a new supply of men must be made available. Encouraging young men to enter aviation and an intelligent training for them is a matter of great interest not only to the civilian operators but also to the government.
Basic Features Almost Unchanged Through Development Years.
C. FAYETTE TAYLOR
LIKE MOST of our mechanical conveniences, if I may take the liberty of classifying it as such, the aeronautical engine has an interesting history, unfamiliar alike to the layman and to the engineer. It is with the hope that such a history, in very brief form, will be of interest that this article is written.
The Aktb. Aerotransport recently opened experimentally, the air route, Goteborg-Copenhagen-Malmo, which, if results are favorable, will be maintained regularly next year by Aerotransport and probably also by one or two other companies.
<p>Piloted by Capt. H. C. Biard, and carrying its full complement of passengers, the Supermarine-Napier flying boat, the largest British commercial plane constructed, successfully completed its first trials recently and was handed over to the Imperial Airways.</p>
Twenty-Five Commercial Planes Start on Second Annual Tour for the Ford Trophy.
THE START of the Commercial Airplane Reliability Tour for the Edsel B. Ford Trophy from Ford Airport, Dearborn, Mich., on Saturday, marked the first of the three great national flying events of the year, the other two being the National Air Races, to be held this year in Philadelphia on Sept. 4-11 and the international seaplane race for the Schneider Cup which is to be held at Hampton Roads.
'ERE THIS edition of America’s great aeronautical paper reaches the reading public, real commercial aviation will have been thoroughly launched, and lunched, within our native shores. I use the term real, advisedly. The nativity of the little commercial newcomer will be heralded by lusty clashing of cymbals and loud wailing of reeds, together with columns of newspaper space and miles of newsreel footage.
At the time of this writing, the Sikorsky trans-Atlantic plane is getting the finishing touches and promises to give us something to talk about when the test flights can be made. The police guard always at the door of the hangar makes it look as if the souvenir hunters have been around already for wings, rudders, landing gears and other odd bits to add to their collections.
On the evening of July 8, the officials of the P.R.T. Air Service, Inc., decided to erect immediately an air station building of the most modern type at Hoover Field, Washington, D.C., the southern terminal of the Philadelphia and Washington passenger air mail route.
The office boy is a pretty hard individual to squelch, at least so is the one in the employ of the National Air Transport, Inc., at Chicago. The youngster apparently had exhausted his supply of grandmothers in his endeavors to get away from the office in the afternoons to witness the White Sox or the Cubs play ball, or else baseball had palled on him.
The past week in Rochester, N. Y., has been marked in aviation circles by the opening of a new flying field, the beginning of a survey in view of establishing an air mail station, and the prohibiting, by Mayor O’Neil, of the “stunts” which were to be performed in the air over Britton Field.
Both the factories, Swallow and Travel Air, are busy on their entries for the Ford Tour. The Swallow Company will race a Hisso plane and a Standard OX5 job. Travel Air pilots will fly the “Flying Showcase” sold to the Pioneer Instrument Company, powered with a Whirlwind, and another machine equipped with a Model E Hisso.
Akron Air Port has just been opened by B. E. Fulton and Hugh C. Robbins, commercial aviators. The new field is located four miles Southeast from the heart of the city. One half mile West of Springfield lake on Akron and Massillon road and one fourth mile from city limits.
Many aeronautical celebrities have visited and praised Brook Park Field within a few days. Maj. Gen. Umberto Nobile who was so aptly termed as a modern Columbus by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, along with his mascot a fox terrier, Titina, many gorgeously uniformed mechanics, and a host of Italian admirers was guest of honor last Sunday.
A series of interesting night pursuit problems were recently carried out in the vicinity of Langley Field and Fort Monroe, Va., the object being in general to determine the extent of cooperation which is possible and necessary between night pursuit airplanes in flight and searchlight units.