October 1, 1938

Simplify Maintenance Through Design

Streamlining the Engineer

Men with Very, Very Small Wings


Simplify Maintenance Through Design

Operators feel that here is something that the factory should tackle, using operating experience of all air lines as a basis for the future design

Streamlining the Engineer

THE EDUCATION of engineers generally, and aviation engineers in particular might well be divided into two parts: the transition period and the development period. Unfortunately the transition period is usually regarded as the entire educational process; in other words, we are accustomed to thinking of the engineer’s technical education as that period in his life starting somewhere in his high school years and ending, almost abruptly, with his graduation from college.


Men with Very, Very Small Wings

Race-plane design progress as seen at the 1938 National Air Races, with particular reference to efficiency. Here "K" marks the spot.


Why a Public Relations Program for Industry

AVIATION takes part this month in a joint program with all McGraw-Hill business papers to foster better public relations for all industry. The following editorial appears in all papers. On the pages that follow, a program for the aviation industries, and some basic facts and figures on aviation's contribution to America.

Let’s Talk Business

Glenn L. Martin Company announces that total sales for the half year amount to $7,241,325. Company’s books show a backlog of unfilled orders at the close of the second quarter of $16,175,908, compared with $17,624,575 Dec. 31, 1937. Donald W. Douglas announces that Major Carl Cover, Director of Sales and Chief Pilot of the Douglas Company, has been made Senior Vice President, succeeding the late Harry H. Wetzel.

Spot Landings on the Month's News

Renewed Boeing tests put U. S. back in Atlantic picture

Aircraft Manufacturing

—An increasingly important element in the U. S. industrial picture,—the backbone of our national air defence.

Air Transportation Makes Its Contribution to Our National Economy

SPEED is the essence of transportation by air. In a little over a decade, air transportation has shrunk the United States from a strip of land some five days wide to a mere isthmus only fifteen hours across. You may use a full business day in New York, board a luxurious sleeper plane at 5 P.M., and arrive in Los Angeles or San Francisco the next morning with a full business day ahead.

As Others Fly It a Birdseye-view of Aviation Abroad

German lines get top-flight equipment

From the Skyways of the World

ONE OF THE MOST STRIKING, and at the same time, most important parts of the daily program at the Cleveland Races was the little show that Mike Murphy put on with his 50 hp. Piper Cub seaplane, making take-offs and landings from the turf as easily as though he were afloat.
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