As the dead line of this issue of AVIATION is reached, the story and pictures of the National Air Races (except the air derbies) are in transit by air mail to this office, and therefore must be omitted from this issue. The complete story and illustrations will appear in the issue of Oct. 10.
C.W. “Speed” Holman won the Class A New York to Spokane air derby when he piloted his Laird biplane (Wright Whirlwind) across the finish line on the Spokane, Wash., municipal airport on the afternoon of Sept. 21. His time for the race was 19 hr. 42 min. 47 sec. E. E. Ballough in another Laird finished second with a time of 20 hr. 18 min. 10 sec., while N. B. Mamer won third place with a Buhl Airster in 20 hr. 59 min. 13 sec. Fifteen planes started and seven arrived in Spokane.
The non-stop race from New York to Spokane, though not successful, was a brilliant effort. After numerous pilots signified their intention of entering the race only three were on hand the day of the start, and only two got off. Eddie Stinson, accompanied by Fred Koehler in a Stinson-Detroiter, landed at Missoula, Mont., while “Duke” Schiller and Edward Bohn, also in a Stinson-Detroiter, were forced down at Billings, Mont. Jack Lacey and L. H. Yancey, in an Air-King biplane, were unable to make the race, after two false starts they were forced back due to engine trouble.
AFTER TRAILING Leslie Miller’s Eaglerock plane for practically the entire distance Charles W. Meyers flying a Waco 10 and accompanied by Thomas Colby flashed across the Spokane, Wash., municipal airport Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 21, to win the Class B New York to Spokane air derby in the official time of 30 hr. 23 min. 15 sec.
M.C. LIPPIAT and A. C. Luz, pilot and mechanic respectively, were declared winners of the Class A San Francisco-Spokane Air Derby when they glided their Travel Air plane down on to the Spokane, Wash., municipal airport at 2:18 P.M., Sept. 21.
AFTER A year’s absence from competition for the Jacques Schneider Maritime Trophy, Great Britain scored a complete defeat, over Italy in a dual race held off Lido Beach, Venice, Italy, on Sept. 26. Lieut. S. N. Webster, R.A.F., flying a Supermarine-Napier monoplane covered the 350 km. (217.483 mi.) course at an average speed of 281.488 m.p.h. to not only win first place but in addition to establish a new world’s seaplane speed mark.
A recent recommendation of the Aeronautics Branch of the Department of Commerce is that aircraft hangar framework should be of structural steel covered with sheet steel protected by an asbestos composition or a painted rust resisting alloy.
FOLLOWING ARE the official results of the National Air Races, including the air derbies, held at the Spokane, Wash., municipal airport, Sept. 19-25. These official results, copies of which are printed exclusively in AVIATION, were all certified by Odis Porter, timer, and E. A. Goff, Jr., referee, and were sworn to before L. W. Morin, notary public, at Spokane, Wash., on Sept. 26.
It was recently announced that Thomas Huff, formerly of the Huff-Daland Aircraft Corp., is the president of a new organization known as Huff Airplanes, Inc. The corporation will engage in the construction of aircraft at Perth Amboy, N. J.
Election of National Officers and Adoption of Progressive Resolutions Mark Busy Two Day Session at St. Joseph, Mo.
THE SIXTH annual convention of the National Aeronautic Association held at St. Joseph, Mo., Sept. 19-20, brought delegates from all parts of the country and many important matters pertaining to making “America first in the Air” were enacted.
Col. Benjamin F. Castle of New York, treasurer, reported that the association was getting nearer a self-supporting basis, though three friends of the association put up $6,000 in order to meet all obligations for the year. Including this money the total receipts for the fiscal year were $26,664.70, and expenses $25,720.64.
ERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY may be placed in two classes —the oblique and the mapping. The first is an individual photograph of any object from various altitudes, possibly as high as 1500 ft. Such photographs show relative heights and contours. Map making by air consists of a series of overlapping photographs, probably in parallel flights and matched together in the laboratory or dark room either by contact printing or enlarging, and in proper proportion that the engineer may study them.
A SPECIAL SURVEY of the civil airways of the United States has been made by the Information Section of the Aeronautics Branch of the Department of Commerce. The survey, giving complete statistics for the first six months of 1927, follows:
New Three Place Light Commercial Plane is Powered With an OX5 Engine, Carries a Useful Load of 764 Lb., and Has a High Speed of 102 M.P.H.
A NEW THREE PLACE light commercial biplane called the “Challenger” was recently produced by the KreiderReisner Aircraft Co., Inc., of Hagerstown, Md, Powered with an OX5 engine and carrying a useful load of 764 lb. the plane has a high speed of 102 m.p.h. and a landing speed of 34 m.p.h. In the design of the plane careful attention was paid to keeping all parts readily accessible and the external parts well streamlined.
The newspapers report that Bernt Balchen is bringing over from Norway a folding house for use on the Byrd South Pole Expedition. The news item does not state whether or not the house is designed to be carried in an airplane, but for the good of aviation, we hope not.
Officers and members of the Aero Club of Pittsburgh gave a rousing send-off to Lieut. Robert E. (Bob) Dake, pilot, and Walter Stewart, passenger, when they took off recently from Rodgers Field, the Pittsburgh municipal airport for Roosevelt Field, in a brand new Waco 10, which the Aero Club is sponsoring in the National Air Derby.
Grading and ditching of the municipal airport has been completed. C. M. Swatek, local contractor, did the work of leveling the field and building of runways. A. E. Warner headed the Chamber of Commerce committee that had charge of the work.
Springfield’s first air pageant was held at Dunn field recently and was generally considered a great success. Fraulein Thea Rashe, accompanied by Baron Raven E. Barnekow, and Prince Alexis Dawydoff were among those present at the opening banquet.
The new home of the Army Air Corps’ laboratories, near Dayton, Ohio, will be formally opened Oct. 12. War Department officials headed by Secretary of War Dwight F. Davis; Army and Navy officers in high commands; representatives of the state of Ohio and the City of Dayton, of the aircraft industry, of organized labor and chambers of commerce will attend the ceremonies which mark further expansion of the efforts of the government to improve airplane designs, to increase efficiency of airplane engines and to perfect air navigation and equipment.