THE year of 1928 will go down in the records as one of the most significant years in the history of aviation. It has been a year of transformation such as has rarely been seen in any industry. At the beginning of the year the aviation industry was owned and controlled by a comparatively small number of men who were vitally interested, and often the sole owners of the concerns which they managed.
A REVIEW of aircraft and engine design development during the year of 1928, with particular attention to the exhibits at the International Aeronautic Exposition held in Chicago, indicates that a degree of stability in design has been attained.
FOR almost two years now, airplane manufacturers in this country of ours have been working their heads off, and those of their staffs, in a grand and glorious effort to ride atop the wave of aeronautic prosperity that began with Colonel Lindbergh’s arrival in the “Spirit of St. Louis” at Le Bourget Field.
IN order that the readers of this article may more clearly understand the fundamentals governing the development of aircraft armament, it is pertinent to point out some present day ideas of air tactics and the general trend of such tactics, which must of necessity bear a direct influence on armament development.
Following the example of many prominent magazines and newspapers which have columns of advice, mostly for the lovelorn, conducted by all-wise clergymen or sophisticated ladies. AVIATION has decided to inaugurate such a service for its readers through the Side Slips column.