Development Highlights
October 1950 Air Trails Hobbies for Young Men

October 1950 Air Trails
October 1950 Air Trails Cover - Airplanes and Rockets Table of Contents

These pages from vintage modeling magazines like Flying Aces, Air Trails, American Modeler, American Aircraft Modeler, Young Men, Flying Models, Model Airplane News, R/C Modeler, captured the era. All copyrights acknowledged.


Development Highlights

Navy P2V-4 Neptune, latest model of Lockheed patrol bomber, is powered by two 3,200 hp Wright Turbo-Cyclones, which have three small exhaust gas turbines geared to the prop drive shaft.

Britain's first military plane displayed in a London museum. Built in '07 by S. F. Cody of U. S. Engine 50 hp Antoinette.

Percival P.56, British side-by-side, trainer. 420 hp Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah; fixed l.g. Semi-skilled personnel can service.

Revolutionary new transport for military services, Fairchild XC-120 Pack Plane. Lower fuselage detachable. Plane itself can fly minus pod. Engines 3,250 hp each. Wt. 6,400 lbs.

Bristol 171, first British-designed helicopter, to go into production, even though it is an experimental model for the twin-rotor model 173 which is slated for active service in British European Airways.

Three silhouettes show difference in hull length between Martin PBM and new PBM-1 (second figure). Hull flap shown in bottom corner greatly increases plane's taxiing maneuverability.

Steve Wittman, famous racing pilot, designed this lightplane, the "Buttercup." Top speed 130 mph. It lands at 30 mph. Gear flexes fore and aft. Even the prop was designed - and built - by Steve!

Cessna L-19A, latest liaison plane for Army field forces and National Guard. Powered by a Continental 0-470-11 of 190 hp. Can cruise on only 29% of power, so has fuel economy of a plane with 100 hp. Cruising speed 114 mph; climb over 1,000 ft./min.

Luscombe Observer, all-metal liaison plane design, has more than 500 parts interchangeable with the civilian Silvaire model. Engine 90 hp Continental with injector. Stalling speed is 35 mph.

"Hush-hush" fighter, recently unveiled, British Hawker P.1801. It is powered by the Rolls-Royce Nene turbo-jet whose air intakes are in leading edge of the wing roots. The span is 31 ft.