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America Leads World in Machines That Are as Luxurious as the Fliers ot the Solid Highways.
Interior of American Sky Limousine dc Luxe Revealing the
Sides of the Cabin and the Switchboard and Dials Which Control the Air Vessel's Navigation.
barouche parlor ear private car- of tho road anr now, the of tho skyl Thus runs the evolution of transportation. Even tho Imagination of Jules Vcniu has been outdone by tho "last word" in modern nlr travel. The comfort that Verne's heroes of tho trip to tho moon found inside their projectilo has been far discounted by what has been accomplished by American makers of do
In 1921, according to machine. COO commercial aircraft made 1.10,730 flights, carrying 122,512 passengers, traveling in all 2,907,245 miles without a single fatality. Thero wcro accidents in which 21 persons were occurred one to every C710 flights and to every 138,- 440 miles flown. II behaved
The limousine of tho sky Is equipped with a cabin that" combines luxury and utility. Through its crcat windows, whith extend to within nn inch of tho floor and ceiling- - of the airplane's cabin, can be obtained a view that far excels anything that the cyo ever beheld from tho train's observation platform ortho deck of tho most luxurious ocean gneyhound. Touring tho country in the air will strongly appeal to the average nutomobllist who now finds the "open road" of n fevr years back so cluttered with motor vehicles that at many lone stretches it Is necessary to join a procession that moves V slowly as a street car in a congested city
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Monoplane Owned Jnlm M. Larsen, a Chicago Millionaire Manufacturer. Who Has Traveled Thou- Muds of Miles in the Machine. Note How Commodious and Comfortable the Cabin Chairs Are.
Sweeping through tho sicy on" the lanes of tho nir suggests such freedom oftnovempnt and such improbability of collision that even tho fainthearted forget what could hnpen. It sounds much more interesting thar lotorlng anj the thrills more than account tut the jeopardy. No car nhcndl No traffic cop stationed to bring ono to a halt! No'blowouts! Just the open sky nnd the freedom of the eagle! And as ior falling T
The aerial limousine is as safo as the ocean tho, stce) rails, the Aeronautical Chamber of Commercp of America asserts, and quotes interesting figures to support the statement. The public only remembers the death ot somo noted aviator dashed to the ground in n sudden crazy dive of his onco well- -
liner or tho limited of
yi The Aeromnrinc Cruiser "Santa Maria," Huge Flying Boat, Which ' Operates Between Key West and Havana During the Winter and llctwccn Cleveland and Detroit During the Summer.
Stunts" were what caused death and disaster, ihe commercial pilot never tries "stunts" when ho has passengers. The liability attached to such
tl10 cvcni nf nldont causes the owner machine to Issuo orders thnt make dismissal instant and final when ono bit of fancy
rhuirs are doap and tills depth, together with tho give permitted by the strap, spend tho force of tho shocks which come when nir pockets or air currents jolt the plane nut of lt course, y lllirused electric lighf streaming from incandescent bulbs placed In the most elTectlvn way on (lie Interior Hie ceiling of the cabin illumine when clouds or storm shut out tho sunlight or night travel is attempted. Along tne 'tails aro mirrors with racks holding writing material and even vanity cases for tho women passengers, If thore is not thrill enough in looking down window fit rivors through tho observation dwarfed to ribbon proportions nnd tree", reduced to specks on the variegated green of the country, on in the dashboard out ran find fascination which are fixed the instruments that control tho vehicle. Tho compass, the spirit level, th speed indicator nnd a dozen dials reporting the operation of as many important parts of tho limousino of the sky are within reach of the passenger. Hut only the hand of tbp pilot or his observer ever touches onu of them. Kor upon thvir silent direction depends the safety of all. Without tho spirit level, in hazy traveling, 'the machine might plunge straight toward earth without the pilot With It knowing it in tirno to prevent disaster. he may travel indefinitely on a level plane, for it Indicates accurately the slightest list to right or left or front or rear. Already the rich aro Interested in this latest do luxe traveling. Nether n good airplane nor a good pilot is dllllcult to procure. The war left a number of both In a statu of inactivity. Tho limousine aviator succeeds tho llmouslno chauffeur. A good flying limousine may be purchased pilot may bo for $7000, And a engaged as cheaply as 10 a week. Somo chauffeurs get morn. If ono isn't too proud, a second-hanflying boat Is obtainable at a far smaller liguro, Ono purchased for $2500. Thcso will carry can ba two passengers in comfort. A
has been heard in nil sections of the United .States that "America is falling' behind" In tho commercial development of the airplane, tho fact remains, according to manufacturers nf tho t, that Uncle Sam leads tho world in this particular business activity. Tho most successful airplane linr in Europe todaypKuropeans admit, is tho London-l'arl- s mute. In the United States there aro 1200 airplanes In daily service, transporting mails and passengers. Distance already covered intHcates that 1922 will shoi- that 7,000,000 miles were flown by those commercial air machines.
great mass of the people of this country. Hut it has, been going on, juit the same. And whilu
' This making the airplane safo for travel has been gainer on unheralded and unnoticed by" the
Tho enst of operation nf these machines is very low also. Kven the limousino of tho nlr Is IncxpenMvo when the convenience nnd tho spoed piano they mnke are considered. A which carries two passengers can bo flown two minutes on a gallon of gasoline. Two minutes In the nlr may mean two miles. And it' may mean four. And it may mean even greuter distance. If the nvcrngo speed of nn airplane is estimated miles n minute, which Is connt one anil servative, tho gnsollno will bo found to cost about Tho six cents per flying milo per passenger. moro passengers the lower tho proportloiiata cost of opcrution, The United States government has accurately computed the cost of nlr travel. It hai found thnt the transportation of n ton of freight costs $2 per mile. In the mall sorvlco it costs 90 cents a mile to carry 40,000 letters at a speed of moro than 100 miles nn hour. Tho government nlso has dlicovcrcd thnt tho average oirplano will fly 100 hours -- a distance of about 10,000 mllefl, without needing repairs. Where expenses Is no consideration tho limousino of tho nir may bo equipped with slipping minrter8 so that tho rich man may go to dreamland In cloudland and wake up n thousand' miles or so away from where ho Htnrted. Tho prachag bcerii ticability of the limousino demonstrated by thu soviet Moscow to llerlin nlr service. This service is nn amplification of that which was started lust May at Hamburg, Germany.
airplane may be bought for even less. at ni low as $lfi00.
Tourists of the Air
Mr. nnd Mrs.f William Ziegler, Jr., of New York City, may be among tho flrinj, if not tho first, to appear In tho clouds In a sky limousine. It is reported thnt they aro considering the purchase of one. l'.uth of them are enthusiastic over the idea and neither has 'the slightest foar. While they were in Kurope a few week ago, thoy visited I'nris, Strasbourg, Munich Vienna, Ilnrlin, Hamburg nnd Madrid in an airplane thoy chartered for the occasion. They created much comment by their action nnd what they told their "friends about their experience may lead others to indulge in a bit of utr limouslne-inr- . It is tho demand for universal flying, stimulated by tho advent of the limousino of tho sky, which inspired the new 'round tho world flight to be attempted by famous Ilntish aviators. Observations they will make of air currents nnd conditions of the Htmosphere at vnrious pressures will do much to mAko the new pleasure, touring safe for tho tourist. Capt, K. J. K. McCloughry, D. S. O.; Cnpt. P. Tymms, M. C and U. H. Mackintosh Tire tho during birdmon who will nttempt to girdlu tho earth. They are really carrying out tho plans of Sir Koss Smith, whose death halted the undertaking. Tho Air League of thu Hritish Ktnpiro sponsors it and the Air Ministry has luveatiguUd and approved the venture. The flight will bo mndo In a senplnno in tho spring. Tho engine which will ba doponded on to safely trunsport tho expedition over tho 25,000 milca is now under construction.
Thousands Curried Safely
Seaplane Taking on Passengers for a Long l'lighl. 'lliis Was7 One of Six Departing from the Same Point. The Passenger Await the Arrival of Their Macliino Much as Landlubbers Wait for a Train.
There ore upwards of 160 companies g commercial nlr routes. This figure Just any previous number. Theso companies doubles operate in 34' of the states nnd carry thousands of passengers in comfort. Yot it seems but thu "passengers," as daring as the pilot of tho machine in which they were riding, had to st' on the edgo of tho front wing of tho piano and permit their feet to danglo over tho world beneath them. In thu limousino of tho sky the toprist of tho clouds reclines in chnirs which aro upholstered heavily and have great high backs'und hugu arms, A broad ttrnp, designed much liko the kind which prevents baby from leaping out of tho carriage, is strapped about tho body of tho tourist and listened through openings in tho chalrbaclc Tho
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