August 1, 1944

Aviation Research—Engineering—Production

Design Analysis No. 8 the Lockheed P-38 "Lightning"

Air Transport

... It Takes a Flight Engineer

Teaching the First Helicopter Pilots

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Aviation Research—Engineering—Production

Design Analysis No. 8 the Lockheed P-38 "Lightning"

One of the world's outstanding triple-duty warplanes — which serves as long - range high or low altitude fighter, bomber, or photo reconnaissance craft — presented in Aviation's unmatched style. Revealed here are details of the daring pioneering design features which have made it one of the most controversial as well as successful combat planes.

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Air Transport

... It Takes a Flight Engineer

By providing the human touch, the aerial diagnostician is seen instituting flight economies saving many times his weight in fuel while, additionally, filling numerous other important roles. Here are the requirements of his job—plus a clue to how he may help in development of better airplanes.

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Teaching the First Helicopter Pilots

In a 'copter, some conventional-plane tactics won't get you anywhere. But others—like putting your tail down for a landing— certainly will. For you'll abruptly take off backward! Just what else a "green" man is up against is lucidly revealed here by "Les" Morris, who pioneered the training at Wright Field.

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Shop Equipment & Accessories

Techtmann Industries, Milwaukee, announces that its “U-C” liquid contents indicator is now offered in form adaptable to 30-gal. steel drums, as well as 55-gal. drums.—AVIATION, Aug., ’44. Aircraft Heating Unit..............64 Known as “Hexheat”, new heating unit for aircraft is announced by Drayer & Hanson, Los Angeles.
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Aviation Research—Engineering—Production

Fan Cooling "Ups" Engine Performance

Proceeding from theory to practice, the author discusses various types of cooling fans used in his experiments.

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Aviation Research—Engineering—Production

Takeoff Analysis for Flying Boats and Seaplanes

In principle, it's simple to make airplane performance predictions. But in reality such forecasting is amazingly complex due to a maze of conflicting procedures and formulas. Here, based on sound theory and long experience, is a means of expediting the job.

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Aviation Research—Engineering—Production

Load Characteristics of Cellulose Acetate Plastic

Completing this valuable series, the author discusses the effect of range of stress and results of experiments to determine the action of time and creep.

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Civil Operations and Training

Air Schools Lay Pattern for Postwar Traffic Technique

Wide wartime experience in directing many hundreds of airplanes in and out of compact training fields has provided framework for orderly control of future large-scale civil plane operations.

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Where Are Those Marketing Plans?

Recounting the disconcerting experience of a potential distributor, this terse case history throws down a pointed challenge to those manufacturers who will enter the post-victory light plane field.

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The Economic Future of Aviation Technology

Continuing his succinct examination of air transport capacities and costs, the author details the potentials of three typical planes— airline craft representing present, immediate-postwar, and future designs. Then he carefully analyzes their relative operating expenses in the light of factors of competition.

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