April 13, 1929

Arial Photography and the Commercial Operator

The New Fokker Unit at Wheeling, West Va.

The "Courier" Monoplane


Arial Photography and the Commercial Operator

AERIAL photography is a friend to the commercial operator. While most of us who took part in the late unpleasantness remember the many varied uses of the aerial camera, we continue to think of it as a military weapon. It is, of course, but it’s also a means of making money in peace-time.


The New Fokker Unit at Wheeling, West Va.

IN ORDER to keep pace with the demand for Fokker airplanes the Fokker Aircraft Corporation of America has recently put into operation the first unit of a new factory at Glendale, near Wheeling, West Virginia. Right from its inception the purpose of the design and operation of this plant has been to produce the highest quality of aircraft at the least cost by using the most modern of production methods.


The "Courier" Monoplane

THE “Courier” monoplane designed by William J. Waterhouse, and now being placed in production by the Courier Monoplane Co., was first flown by Jack Rand, on February 12 from Mines Field, Los Angeles, Calif. The initial test flight was a complete success and before descending, Rand put the plane through a series of maneuvers.

The Bowlus Sailplane

Chief, Technical Training Division, San Diego Air Service Corp. UNIVERSAL interest has not yet been attracted to gliders as they have not yet captured the public imagination. This is especially true in the United States. The American people have wanted power linked with their speed and have demanded fast travel.


Boosting Airline Passenger Business

IT IS well known that commercial aviation in the United States has been built up principally by the carrying of mail and express. In 1928, airplanes in this service flew 7,500,000 miles, carrying a total of 137,000,000 letters and some 30,000 express packages, and this volume of air mail and express traffic will undoubtedly increase in years to come, serving to provide a substantial part of the profits from airline operation.


Regarding the Matter of Load Factors

BECAUSE there has been considerable discussion and misunderstanding regarding load factors, it is believed that an article of explanation is needed at the present time. A load factor consists of two parts, a factor of safety and the expected load.


Airport Building Projects Reported

Many Structures Included in Activity


Report is made by the Boeing firm at Seattle that its airplane plant is now employing 1,350 persons, representing the largest payroll in its history. Executive offices of the American Eagle Aircraft Corporation have now been moved to the company’s new building at Fairfax Airport, Kansas City.
News Sections

Second Annual Detroit Show Most Representative Yet Held

Record Number of Craft With New Models Shown



LIEUT. ISAIAH DAVIES will remain in Kansas City at least another year in charge of Government aviation activities. RICHARD W. MACKIE and W. HEATH PROCTOR have been appointed division superintendents for Colonial Air Transport and Colonial Western Airways respectively.
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