A Designer-Manufacturer Viewpoint of Transport-Aircraft Needs 350100
ONE of the most essential points in the development of any airplane is the necessity for complete cooperation between the operator and the contractor in regard to necessary and desirable features to be incorporated, and this is particularly important for a commercial-transport airplane.
This coordination was carried through to a remarkably efficient culmination in the development of the Douglas transport for T.W.A.
Points discussed include arrangement of cabin and cockpit, seating facilities, upholstery, elimination of vibration, heating and ventilating, soundproofing, toilet facilities, lighting, vision and maintenance.
The care with which all these practical considerations were worked out is discussed, and special emphasis is laid on the important points of soundproofing and maintenance in which a remarkable degree of perfection has been attained.
This care and attention to details is well worthwhile and only in this manner can a really successful transport be designed incorporating all the technical and practical knowledge of the operator, manufacturer and other specialists who assist in perfecting the various installations.