1944-01-01

AIR CARGO PLANES from the ENGINEERING VIEWPOINT 440161

MR. KENDRICK here shows ways in which improved engineering and better cooperation between engineering and operations personnel may serve to reduce the air cargo rates.
This investigation of air cargo planes consists of the following general topics:
  1. 1.
    Some fundamentals of cargo plane design and economics, to permit an evaluation of the relative importance of various factors.
  2. 2.
    The engineering aspects of some of the problems of operation that must be considered by the maintenance and operations personnel.
The first step toward providing good service at low cost will be accomplished automatically by the establishment of regular cargo service. The next step is to bring about greater cooperation between the operators and engineers, to inoculate the engineers with the importance of convenience in handling and maintenance. Finally, improvements in aerodynamic refinement and structural weight, as well as increased airplane size to meet the needs, will result in further reduction in ton-mile cost of operation.

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