March 1, 1933

What the Factories Are Doing

Air Transport Gains Favor

A Salutation to the New President


What the Factories Are Doing

Production records show growing dependence on military markets

Air Transport Gains Favor

Passenger and express traffic make new records

A Salutation to the New President

Dear Mr. President: IN JULY 2, 1932, you boarded a transport airplane at Albany and flew to Chicago to address the convention that had just nominated you for the presidency. You enter the White House as the first American president ever to have flown either prior to or during his term of office.

Sidewheel Aviation

THE stage is set for the Aeronautical Fancies of 1933. First skit on the program, produced with the new year barely two weeks old, presents a new type of rotor aircraft. When Dr. Adolf Rohrbach, well-known builder of allmetal flying boats, chose the Berlin correspondent of a New York paper to be the first recipient of an interview and a popular explanation of Dr. Rohrbach’s new rotor-craft he stirred up a hornet’s nest.

A New Propeller

INTEREST in the controllable pitch propeller dates back a good many years (as early as 1918-19 the Army Air Corps conducted flight tests on propellers whose pitch was not only controllable in flight, but was reversible; object—to shorten ground run after landing), but the active application to commercial types is only now getting well under way.


Record of Progress

IN the rest of this issue there are many charts, curves and tables which give one an accurate picture of the progress made by “this airplane business” in the very few years it has been with us. This progress is amazing even to those of us who are in the business, as we have quickly come to accept the improvements as necessities and commonplaces, and it is surprising to think what a short time ago it was that we had to do without them In looking over the data presented in this issue we have come to the realization that there has been some progress in the art which is not susceptible to presentation in the form of charts, curves and tables, and is therefore likely to be overlooked.


“Sky Chief” Goes Commercial

HARD on the heels of Northrop’s announcement of two special-purpose airplanes for Antarctic Explorer Ellsworth and Texaco’s Researcher, Frank Hawks (AVIATION, January, 1933, page 25) comes the word of Transcontinental & Western Air’s acquisition of fifteen high-speed transport ships of the same general design.

Twelve Hundred Airports

And 20,000 miles of airways

The Army and Navy Carry On

Appropriations for new equipment cut

America Takes the Lead in World Air Transport

More flying, more passengers, more mail
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