Down Memory's Runway
February 1941 Flying Aces

February 1941 Flying Aces

Flying Aces February 1941 - 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.

Flying Aces magazine, which preceded Air Trails, ran a regular feature titled "Down Memory's Runway" that highlighted older airplane designs from way back in the 1920s a 1930s, which in this case was a mere 10 to 20 years ago. Full cantilever wings were just coming into reality as were non-rotary engines. Retractable landing gear models were starting to move into production, as was a lot of the mix of old and new technology in preparation for America's entrance into World War II. So far I only have 12 editions of Flying Aces, but I hope to build the collection over time and post some key items here on Airplanes and Rockets.

As always, I'll gratefully accept donations of magazines or money to buy them (they aren't cheap, even on eBay). For the record, to date, after a decade of serving this community, I had had exactly one donation of magazines and exactly zero donations of cash.

Down Memory's Runway

Old-time Vance job of about 1930 - Airplanes and Rockets

This old-time Vance job of about 1930 was too far advanced for its time. The wing was of full cantilever design and carried gas tanks in its center panel.

Curtiss P-1 B Hawk of 1921 - Airplanes and Rockets

Here we view the Curtiss P-1 B Hawk of 1921. This fast climbing peashooter was pulled through the air by a Curtiss D-12 engine. Top speed was 185.

Lieutenant Al Williams poses with his Curtiss R2C-1 Schneider Cup racer - Airplanes and Rockets

Lieutenant Al Williams - now Major - poses with his Curtiss R2C-1 Schneider Cup racer. He took first honors in that race, which was held on October 6, 1923, with 243.67 m.p.h. - a new world's record. Later, Williams flew the same machine at 266.6.

Curtiss Carrier Pigeon III mail airplane - Airplanes and Rockets

A real mail ship! The adventurous days of air mail are gone and letters are now carried by the airlines. Back when this Curtiss Carrier Pigeon III was used, though, the over land postal job was a one-man task. This craft was powered with a 600-h.p. Conqueror.

1934 Curtiss XF13C-1 - Airplanes and Rockets

In 1934, the latest Naval experimental fighter was this Curtiss XF13C-1. It seems that the "13" was bad luck - for this machine ended up in the bone yard along with the Northrop XFT-1 of that year. Pilot had plenty of visibility but wings were weak.



Posted August 2015