Words of Advice:

“Stand back and stand by.”— Trump’s orders to American Nazis, 9/29/2020

"We have it totally under control. It's one person coming from China. It's going to be just fine." -- Donald Trump, 1/22/2020

“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here..and isn't it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."
-- Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 2/25/20

"I don't take responsibility for anything." --Donald Trump, 3/13/20

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Ideas Before Their Time

The Pelican Four-Ton Air Lorry:

The idea of intermodal containerized freight was in its infancy. Containerized air freight, from what I can glean, didn't come about for another sixty or so years.

A cruising speed of 72mph sounds slow, but for a 1920 trash-hauler between London and Paris, that would have been a marvel at the time.


CenterPuke88 said...

I bet the downfall of that design would have been control continuity. Materials science in that time period would have likely left whatever pin or clip system they designed too vulnerable to fatigue or human error. It is a pretty insightful design thou.

dan gerene said...

During ww1 the Germans had a bomber called the Zeppelin Staaker R.V1 that could carry a load of over 4000 lbs. But comparing the pictures it looks like the freight hauler doesn't have enough wing for the engine power available at that time. The rearward fuselage propellers must be chain or shaft driven with the engines inside. It seems like the best it could do would be to push the plane around the ground while the engines overheated and worked themselves to death.

CenterPuke88 said...

Dan, the design is using an “Alula” form wing, with forward edge airfoils, which was proposed to be more efficient. I suspect the projections likely resulted in overly optimistic projections of performance. After a bit more research, the overall weakness of the wing design was uncovered as it was running at about 1.75, which would cause it to fail in a 50 degree bank. I therefore retract my concern about control connections and move to the damn thing wouldn’t fly.

Old NFO said...

Interesting idea, and yes, WELL before its time!