1922-01-01

THE TREND OF AVIATION DEVELOPMENT 220031

Grouping the influences that are retarding the development of aviation into five specified divisions, the author, who took a prominent part in the development of the Liberty engine and other wartime aviation activities of the Government, discusses each one, in the order of its importance, in an effort to point out the limitations that exist as differentiated from misconceived non-existent limitations and to indicate remedial measures stimulative to a provident trend and vigorous growth of aviation.
The subjects of adequate landing-fields, the real and imaginary dangers of flying, single and multi-engine airplanes, passenger comfort and commercial considerations are treated at some length, prefatory to an outline of the trend of airplane design and an enumeration of powerplant requirements. With an outlook toward future development, the essentials of air transportation are commented upon specifically under four divisions inclusive of landing-field policy and Governmental mail-contract patronage and experiment-station helpfulness as aids to successful progress.

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