August 1, 1932

Answers for Transport’s Problems

What Way, Air Transport?

Blind Flying and the Airlines


Answers for Transport’s Problems

Who's who

What Way, Air Transport?

WHERE will transport flying be three years from now, or six, or ten? Will its principal patronage be derived from transcontinental passengers, or from those going only a couple of hundred miles? Will commuters hurry daily to the airport to catch the 5:18 from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, the 5:23 from New York to the Berkshires, or the 5:47 from Chicago to the Northern Peninsula of Michigan?


Blind Flying and the Airlines

FLYING by instruments is not mysterious. Neither is it a new phase of air piloting. But it is still treated by a great many pilots with something akin to awe, and the things one often hears said about it are strongly reminiscent of Josh Billings’ famous observation that “it’s better not to know so much than to know so much that ain’t so.”

Transport Airplanes, Then and Now

THE American people emerged from the World War the possessors of an inter-allied debt problem, a strong suspicion of all things European, and several thousand DH-4 airplanes. The debt problem is still very much present; the DH-4s are gone, but before they disappeared they had had a mighty effect on the development of American aviation, alike in military and in commercial application.


Decentralized Overhaul for Coast-To-Coast Service



How Many Engines?

THE practice of using only one engine is very much under discussion at the present time. For purposes of this discussion we may neglect ships so small that only one engine is practically possible. Mail planes of the past came in that category, and led to a technique and conception of operations which have penetrated into the quite different field of passenger flying.


What’s What on the Airlines

DIRECT from headquarters comes the detailed information about personnel and equipment given in the accompanying tabulation. A brief questionnaire was sent to each of the more important lines now active in the air transport field, and they cooperated practically 100 per cent in supplying the information requested.

Combating Ice Formation with Heat

THE utilization of engine exhaust heat as a means of preventing the formation of ice on airplane wings has often been suggested, but there has been little quantitative information upon which to base any really explicit conclusions on the value of the method.


Boeing Builds a New Transport

IN the decision to purchase a fleet of new transport airplanes, United Air Lines has, in the selection of the final Boeing design, established a precedent which may be of significance in the development of commercial aviation in this country.

Air Transport Keeps Rolling Along

IN one of the books about the war in the air there is a tale of how the news of the signing of the armistice came up to the front. A pursuit pilot of unblemished reputation and unquestioned courage heard the report and fell into a daze, and went about muttering to himself:

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