Taxi Plane Picks Up Freight and Passengers for Airliner
Modern Mechanix, March 1935
High speed taxi planes that can come and go from a giant “mother” air transport at will are proposed as a means of providing fast, non-stop transcontinental air service. The smaller ship, released over a city, would land at the airport to discharge and take on passengers and freight, then soar upwards again to catch up with the slower airliner.
As many be seen from the sketches, the method of launching the taxi plane is very similar to that used by the U.S. Navy in handling pursuit planes on dirigibles. A trapeze crane lifts the small ship into the hull of the transport, where passengers may be transferred to roomy quarters on the airlines.
The new car is the Scarab, designed and produced by William B. Stout, famous Detroit airplane engineer who designed the first all metal airplane and the Ford Tri-Motor transport ship. Stout has incorporated the body and chassis into one, setting them over a frame of alloy steel tubing after the fashion of an airplane fuselage. Ultra streamlined, with the engine mounted in the rear, the driving mechanism over the front axle, and an interior design like a room in a house, the most revolutionary development in the history of automobile construction was presented to the American public in February.
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It has been my policy to refrain from definite prediction as to the time when television might be brought from the research laboratory and offered on a commercial basis to the American public.
I believe thousands of letters and messages ultimately will fly from city to city, from country to country, from home to home, by some kind of electronic mail, this electronic radio mail will someday dip into the mail bag. If a letter is worth the time required for dictation, for the stenographer to write, for re-reading by the sender and the cost of the stamp, then it will be worth delivering it by electronic radio mail.
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