August 24, 1929

Nine Years of National Air Racing

A Forecast of the Cleveland Show

Air Racing Technique and Tactics


Nine Years of National Air Racing

OF THE thousands of persons who are expecting to witness the 1929 National Air Races at Cleveland this week, few know the origin of the various events, or the reason for them. Even among those within the industry, the old-timers are perhaps the only ones that will recall why and when and how the races were started, so rapidly has aviation grown in the last three years.


A Forecast of the Cleveland Show

WITH THE LIST of exhibitors far above the two hundred mark, indications are that the National Aeronautical Exposition, which opens to-day (August 24) in the Cleveland Municipal Auditorium, will be one of the largest representations in the history of the industry.


Air Racing Technique and Tactics

THIS ARTICLE is to be a non-technical discussion of some of the things a pilot can do to speed up an airplane, assuming that it is designed, completed and turned over to him a few days before a race. It is further assumed that he can make no major changes in motor or airplane but can tune up the motor, change the propeller blade setting, put on some little streamlining and change the load and load distribution as he desires.


Air Races and Handicapping

IN ALL FORMS of sport the question of handicapping is of paramount interest to the competitors, and air racing is certainly no exception to the rule. It has, however, remained for this most modern of sports to demonstrate, in so far as “split second” finishes are concerned, that good handicapping is rather an art than a science, and that the slide rule of the handicapper must be augmented by judgment based upon experience.


Spinning Tests to Be Considered

Some Say Requirement No Longer Is Necessary

Development of High Speed Racing Design

MAN’S CONSTANT BATTLE against time since the earliest ages has laid an increasingly large premium on time-saving methods of transportation. This has caused a train of invention, carrying from the primitive canoe on waterways through to the airplane of the present.


What Racing Did for the Italian Industry

I STRONGLY BELIEVE in the advantages the races bring to the rapid technical development in aeronautics, and I am glad AVIATION asked me to say something on what racing did for the Italian industry. But when talking about races, one has to make a distinction, as there are two entirely different kinds of racing.


The Value of Airplane Racing and the Stock Model

SINCE the very early days, airplane racing has played an important part in airplane development. In fact, racing and the various prizes offered and the records set up have done more to develop aviation both technically and by increasing public interest than any other one thing since the war.


The Los Angeles Races One Year After

MORE than 200,000 people paid admission to the 1928 National Air Races and Aviation Exposition held at Mines Field, Los Angeles, an average of about 25,000 people daily for the nine days during which the show lasted, and it was estimated that a total of approximately 3,000,000 people viewed the aerial events from points of vantage outside the field proper.


Races... The Test-Block for Aviation

IT IS QUITE an ordinary thing to hear laymen express disapproval of what they deem the folly of high-speed racing, and to read editorials in the press insisting that no practical use whatever can come of the stunning speeds attained by airplanes in cup contests.

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