March 22, 1930

Specifications of American Commercial Airplanes

Classification of Engines in Licensed Planes as of Jan. 15, 1930

Foreign Aeronautical Activities


Specifications of American Commercial Airplanes

Manufacturer Alexander Aircraft Co. Alexander Aircraft Co. Alexander Aircraft Co. Alliance Aircraft Corp. American Aeronautical Corp. American Eagle Aircraft Co. American Eagle Aircraft Co. American Eagle Aricraft Co. Arrow Aircraft & Motors Corp. Bach Aircraft Co.

Classification of Engines in Licensed Planes as of Jan. 15, 1930

TAKING THE LIST of licenses as a whole, the war surplus engines still play an outstanding role. The 0X5 alone accounts for 38 per cent of the total number, the Hispano for four per cent more. As for the Liberty, that survives only in the planes of two transport companies, and in a dozen scattering machines outside their possession.

Foreign Aeronautical Activities

DATA on the development of military aviation are hard to secure. No European or Asiatic country is so lavish with information on operations, equipment, and personnel as are our own War and Navy Departments. The figures presented above and the budgets on the opposite page are the best index of military activity that can be offered.

United States Air Mail and Passenger Transport

EXCEPT for a sharp increase in daily passenger-mileage last October, at the time when rate reductions were just beginning to be made and when the winter resort traffic was just opening up, route mileages and total distances scheduled for flight have remained almost static for the past seven months.

Classification of Licensed Planes as of Jan. 15, 1930

THE TABULATIONS on these pages, together with that on pages 564 and 565 show the geographical variation of tastes in airplane types. It shows, also, the extent to which some manufacturers depend, by choice or by force of circumstance, upon a home market.

American Exports

THE AMERICAN aircraft industry is exporting a steadily increasing proportion of its total production. Measured by total value, about six per cent of the total production went abroad in 1927, about eight per cent in 1928, and nearly fourteen per cent in 1929.

Flying Schools

AS THERE IS no official publication of data on flying schools other than a rough annual estimate of their total number, information upon their operations was sought directly by the circulation of a questionnaire to all schools to which the addresses could be secured.

Airport Analysis

EXCEPTIONALLY satisfactory returns from the airport questionnaire were received from the municipal airports. Among those reporting were Oakland, Chicago, Cleveland, Buffalo, Detroit, Boston, and a number of others of special importance.

Notes on Distribution

As THE Department of Commerce and Chamber of A Commerce do not collect for public circulation any data on the merchandising of airplanes, a questionnaire pertaining to merchandising methods was forwarded to all manufacturers. Returns were received from companies representing about 20 to 25 per cent of America’s total production of commercial aircraft.

American and World Records

Kg. Pay Load Duration (hr., min., sec.) Distance Closed Circuit (mi.) Altitude (ft.) Speed in m.p.h. for: 100 Km. 500 Km. 1,000 Km. 2,000 Km. 5,000 Km. World Germany 65:25 Junkers W-33 Junkers LV, 280 hp. France 5,015 Breguet 19 Hispano-Suiza, 600 hp.
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