WHEN THE Pulitzer Trophy was offered as a prize to stimulate the development of better aircraft for war purposes, it was not believed by the donors that it would become the symbol of speed. It was given as an encouragement to aviation. The Edsel B. Ford Trophy may pass through a similar process before it finally is representative of a definite class of contest.
IT IS now a generally accepted fact that the safety and reliability of a modern airplane rests almost entirely in the power plant. Problems in aerodynamic design, while by no means completely solved, have certainly been resolved to a point where the actual safety of the airplane is not jeopardized any longer.
Reliability and Punctuality Insured by Three-Engine Principle in Commercial Air Transportation.
C. G. PETERSON
<p>WHICH WOULD you prefer to use, a plane whose engine averaged a forced landing once every forty trips or a plane whose power plant would not average one forced landing during the life of the plane? That briefly sums up the situation between single and three-engine planes for transport work.</p>
An interesting contribution to the National Aircraft Show, which is being held in the Transportation Building, at the Sesqui-Centennial Exposition, Philadelphia, is the historical exhibit arranged by the Curtiss Aeroplane & Motor Company.
A Curtiss F6C-4 standard Curtiss Hawk naval pursuit plane modified to take a Pratt & Whitney Wasp R-1300 aircooled engine recently completed successfully the contractors demonstration and one hour full power acceptance tests, and has been delivered to the Naval Air Station, Anacostia, for flight tests.
The exacting requirements which must be met by aircraft engines and the difficulties encountered in testing them over a wide range of service conditions are clearly shown in the exhibit of the Bureau of Standards at the Philadelphia SesquiCentennial Exposition.
Air Races at Philadelphia to be High Spot of Sesqui-Centennial Celebration.
WITH FROM five to six hundred airplanes expected to take part, in one way and another, in the National Air Races to start on Sept. 4, in Philadelphia, at Model Farms Field, everything is being put in readiness for the staging of what bids fair to prove the greatest air meet ever staged.
<p>Postmaster General New, on Aug. 16, accepted the 45-day notice of discontinuance tendered by Charles Dickinson, contractor on the air mail route C.A.M. 9, Chicago, Ill., via Milwaukee and La Crosse, Wis., to St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minn., and immediately re-advertised for bids returnable Sept. 4, 1926 for the operation of the line.</p>
<p>The Compagnie Internationale de Navigation Aerienne of Paris soon will reopen its air service between Paris and Prague, via Strasbourg and Nuremberg, according to reports in Prague, Czechoslovakia. This service establishes a through air service from Paris (or London) via Prague to Warsaw, or to Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest, and Constantinople.</p>
Meister in Buhl-Verville, Second—Stinson in Stinson Detroiter—Third.
THE SECOND annual Commercial Airplane Reliability Tour was won by Walter Beach in a Travel Air plane with a score of 4043.3 points. He won a cash prize of $5000 in addition to the Edsel B. Ford Trophy, until next year’s tour. Second place went to Louis G. Meister, who flew a Buhl Verville Airster.
ON SATURDAY afternoon, Aug. 21, at the Ford Airport, Dearborn, Mich, the balloon race for the Detroit News Trophy was started after the return of the airplanes in the Commercial Airplane Reliability Tour. There was $1500 in cash prizes to be awarded in addition to the Trophy and the race was won by J. A. Boettner flying the Goodyear IV, one of the two entries of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.
THE WOODSON Engineering Co., of Bryan, O., manufacturers of commercial aircraft, was formed in August, 1924, by O. L. Woodson, then a field manager of the United States Air Mail Service. Mr. Woodson was primarily a pilot in the Army Air Corps (then the Air Service) during the War and served in France, afterward spending four years with the Air Mail Service.
The Heath Airplane Company, Inc., of Chicago, 111., has just decided to name their little sport monoplane with the Cherub engine the “Tomboy”. The machine was described in the Aug. ‘23 issue of AVIATION and, from the performance and the beautiful features of the little plane, it would seem that the new name could not have been more appropriately selected.
Apology is due the Scintilla Magneto Co., Inc. of Sidney, N. Y. for the way an engine cut was inserted in their advertisement appearing in the August 23 issue of AVIATION. The advertisement referred to the latest Fairchild-Caminez engine and mentioned that by using the smaller type AP 4 Scintilla aircraft magnetos, the Fairchild-Caminez Co. had obtained a saving of eight pounds four ounces in the weight of the ignition over the first engine.
The Treasury Dept, has informed collectors of customs that the embargo on the exportation of non-military aircraft from the United States to Mexico has been raised by the latter government. Such shipments, without license, across the border can now be resumed.
The organization in the near future of an air line that will link London and Paris with North Africa, the Middle East and India, is forecast by the absorption of the French Compagnie Aéronavale by the Air Union. The Compagnie Aéronavale has, for several years, been running a flying boat service between the South of France and the Island of Corsica, and has also investigated a possible extension of this line to Tunis.
Donald W. Mcllhiney, former editor of AVIATION magazine and a pilot in the U. S. Army Air Corps Reserve, has joined the executive staff of H. A. Bruno, R. R. Blythe and Associates, public relations counsel, specializing in aeronautics, of New York and Cleveland.
The newspapers quote the King of England as being very much displeased with the shortness of the dresses worn at some recent horse races in England. The reporters of this news also noted that, as a result of his criticism, the dresses were quite noticeably longer on succeeding days.
On Saturday Aug. 14, the 26th Division Air Service, Massachusetts National Guard, departed for two week's duty at Langley Field, Virginia, under the command of Maj. Charles H. Wooley, while a number of the reserve Army pilots are at Mitchel Field for two weeks.
The planes competing in the Airplane Reliability Tour arrived in Cincinnati at noon on Aug. 18. With two exceptions, all the planes landed at Lunken Airport between 12 and 12:30. The exceptions were Jack Laass in a Driggs Dart who arrived about the middle of the afternoon, and R. Hossler in a Woodson who reached the airport at 8:20 p. m. in the evening.
A parachute jump at an altitude of 15,000 ft. was made recently by Corp. George W. Wehling, of the 44th Observation Squadron, stationed at Fort Sill, Okla. Corporal Wehlinglanded safely on level ground about three miles from Lawton, Okla.
Whatever results have been accomplished with disarmament in other fields the onrushing ascendency of air power is the most important and evident tendency in practically every country of the world. Armed aircraft have now become The First Line of Attack and this characterization will become a slogan that the people of each country will regard as self-evident.