IN REGARD to the current fuss over which air line should operate the transAtlantic service which is about to be started, we’re in favor of having them all operate that same route. We’re the type of person who gets in an argument with the conductor and ends it with the crushing statement that hereafter all of our business will go to the competing line.
A LITTLE swelling-with-pride will be both understandable and pardonable in visitors at this year’s International Aircraft Show, for here on display is tangible evidence of America’s leadership in all departments of aviation. From the smallest single accessory to the huge transport made up of its tens of thousands of component parts, the Show forms a brilliant background for a pageant of American aviation progress from the Wright Brother’s first successful effort in 1903, to the 100-ton Translantic flying boats of 1941.
"KEEP CHICAGO AHEAD” has been the motto generally adopted by Chicago since its successful A Century of Progress celebration in 1933 and 1934. And Chicago is energetically trying to do just that. In the field of aviation, and that is a most important field for Chicago, it is not so much a matter of keeping Chicago ahead of other cities, as it is keeping the city ahead of aviation itself.
If you are a visitor at the International Auditorium, the accompanying diagrams and exhibitors' lists will help you find your way about on the main floor and in the accessory exhibit sections. If circumstances prevent your coming to Chicago during the week January 28-February 10, these pages will serve as a record of Who's Who at the Show.
TIME WAS (and not so long ago, either) that people were willing to climb through a forest of struts and wires to wedge themselves into narrow, comfortless, drafty cockpits, just to ride in an airplane. Actually, they seemed to like it, and, furthermore, have been known to pay out good money for the privilege.
ONLY A SHORT TIME BACK landing gears were ugly creators of interference, wing flaps were considered indicators of the freakishness of airplanes, and handbooks set limits on speed range in no uncertain terms. Even though the Guggenheim competition in 1929 proved the practicality of variable lift devices it required several years for them to find widespread practical application.
NOT MANY YEARS AGO the first rider’s dominant impression was that he was surrounded by clusters of tubes with fabric bellowing in the breezes. In this year’s airplanes the impression of flimsiness has entirely disappeared. Even in the little fellows, where finishing material weight means so much, the structural members have been cleverly concealed.
The manufacturers of accessories and equipment for airplanes, engines, airways and airports have kept pace with the parade of progress in aviation. Herewith a classified directory of manufacturers who supply the gadgets that are necessary for safety and comfort, both in the air and on the ground.
Never before have U. S. manufacturers had such a brilliant selection of flying equipment to offer to civil and to military buyers all over the world.
IT WOULD TAKE a space much larger than the International Auditorium in Chicago to house all the planes and engines manufactured by American producers for the world market. As a supplement to the Chicago exhibition, however, we present in the following 30-odd pages our own Show-In-Print, a show that does cover the characteristics of every make and every model of aircraft and engines known to us and now being produced in the United States.
Manufacturer Abrams Aircraft Corp. Aeronautical Corp. of Ame ica Aeronautical Corp. of America Aeronautical Corp. of America Air Transport Mfg. Co., Ltd Air Transport Mfg. Co., Ltd Air Transport Mfg. Co., Ltd Air Transport Mfq. Co., Ltd
NOT ALL, by any means, of the engines produced in America are illustrated above. They represent, however, the range of types now available to airplane designers. The specifications for all models of all manufacturers available as we go to press appear in the tables on the following two pages.
Manofactorer Model Aeronaotical Corp. of America Aeronantical Corp. of America Aircooled Motors (Franklin) Allison Engrg. Co Arrow Aircraft Corp E-l SC E-l I3CBD AC-150 v-1710-C6 Model F Continental Motors Corp Continental Motors Corp Continental Motors Corp
The French have the wind up currently about the air armaments of potential enemies in a worse way than any other European country. Some months ago, when the government’s program to nationalize the French aeronautical industry was under fire, M. Pierre Cot, Minister of Air, reassured the Senate with the statement that France had an air strength second only to that of Russia.