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Page Two Con [[Page torn]] September 1, 1937 Many Pilots Tuning Pl [[Page torn]]For National Airplane Races Bendix and Thompson Trophy Events With Larger Purses, Promise New Speed Records Clifford Henderson, manager of the National Air Races, scheduled to be held at Cleveland Municipal Airport on Sept. 3rd through Labor Day, Sept. 6th, reports that the $82,000 in prize prize money is attracting scores of speed pilots. The top notch racers all have their eyes on a slice of the big purses offered this year, including the Thompson Trophy closed course race and the Bendix Trancontinental Derby. The prize totals $24,000, of which $2,000 is reserved for a special award for a winning speed in excess of Detroyat's 1936 record of 264.261 miles an hour. A prize of $1,000 is to be broken up into $100 "lots" to the winners of the odd numbered laps and another prize of $1,000 will be split among the pilots not finishing in the money. The remaining $20,000 is divided among the five leaders at the finish of the race. The distance of the Thompson race has been raised to 200 miles-20 laps of a 10 mile course-which will put a real premium on engine endurance. The Bendix race which starts at Los Angeles and ends at Cleveland will bring the winner the coveted Trophy and a special prize of $2,500 for a new transcontinental speed record in case the flight is continued to New York. Famous Pilots Entered Accoridng to reports the Thompson Trophy event will find on the starting lin such well known pilots as Roscoe Turner, whose "57" is being rebuild; Earl Ortman, with a Keith-Rider equipped with a new twin-row Wasp Junior engine and a special racing propeller; Roger Don Rae, in another keith-Rider; R. A. Kling with a Folkert Special; Marion McKeen who claims his Brown Special Miss LosAngeles is thirty miles faster this year than last; Frank Haines, who will fly a Menasco-powered low wing racer and Harry Crosby in a Crosby Special, along with others yet to file their entry blanks. In the Bendix event Frank Fuller has entered a new Severasky "mystery plane"; Dick Merrill will take the air in his nonstop Lockheed Electra and it is said plans to take full advantage of tail winds by flying at a 20,000 feet altitude most of the way ,and Turner is to enter two planes. Louise Thaden, who is the first woman ever to win the Bendix Trophy will seek to repeat her performance and Jacqueline Cochran is expected to face the starter. Efforts are also being made to bring Beryl Markham, British feminine star, into the contest, though whether or not she will enter is not known as this issue of CONTACT goes to press. $20,000 in cash is to be split among the first five leaders and the woman pilot making the best time to Cleveland will receive $2,500 above anything else that she may win. Other Racing Events Twelve main speed events follow on succeeding days. The Thompson Trophy Race for the closed course speed championship will be flown this year at 200 miles around the pylons for a purse of $28,000. The purse for the Greve Trophy Race for smaller planes has been boosted to $15,000 and may bring out the fastest time in the entire meet. In between these twelve main events is well balanced program of acrobatic and formation flying, stunting, parachute jumping and every trick of the air. Foreign acrobatic flyers from nearly every European country will attempt to out-stunt their American competitors. Outstanding among the foreign performers are Capt. Alexander Papana of the Roumanian Royal Flying Forces, who made a great hit with his antics at Los Angeles in 1936, and Commander Jose Cabral of the Portuguese Navy who will put a standard fleet seaplane through all the spectacular stunts usually attempted only by land planes specially constructed for stunting. To top it all off the Army, Navy and Marine Corp will put on a gorgeous show every day of the meet. The Army will be represented by a squadron of 18 fighting ships of the latest type from Selfridge Field, a spectacular specialty trio from Maxwell Field, Alabama, and one of the enormous new four motored Boeing Bombers, the Army's Flying Fortress." The Navy will send up from Norfolk a squadron of 18 Grumman Fighters, the Navy's newest and fastest fighting ships, manned by a detachment of crack pilots from the U.S.S. Yorktown. The Marine Corp will be represented by a 12 plane squadron of dive bombers who will show to the public for the first time this newest attack maneuver. Americans Withdraw From China's Airlines As a means of further preserving America's policy of neutrality in the Chinese-Japanese war, Pan American Airways, which owned a 45 per cent interest in the China National Aviation Corporation, is withdrawing from that association, according to dispatches from Shanghai. Its 15 American pilots and mechanics have been advised to leave the country, though the equipment has all been commandeered by the Chinese government. The lines operate between Canton, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Nanking, and Chungking. A Tip---Ortman to Win [[Picture of Ortman in his plane with GILM on the side saluting the photographer]] Earl Ortman in the cockpit of his big, fast Keith-Rider Special racer has the smile of a winner. The tip-off from air-wise observers is "Ortman to Win" in the speed events at the National Air Races, Cleveland Airport, Sept. 3 to 6 inclusive. In the Thompson Trophy Race last year Ortman finished second to and right up behind De Troyat, the record holding Frenchman. This year Ortman has completely rebuilt his streamlined racer, re-powered it with a big Pratt and Whitney Wasp motor, adding 400 horse power and plenty of speed. He is one of the younger racing pilots and always popular with the crowd. He has a great racing heart, the winning spirit, and is a favorite to slice off a big chunk of the $82,000 in prize money. Chicago Picked For 1938 Aircraft Show Jan. 28 to Feb. 6th The annual official Class A Aircraft Show, which corresponds to the National Automobile Show of the automotive industry, will be held at the International Amphiteatre in Chicago from January 28th to February 6 inclusive. This is the exhibition corresponding to the one held at the Grand Central Palace, New York City, this year, under the auspices of Aviators post No. 743 of the Ameican Legion. The big affair was awarded to Chicago by the show committee of the A.C.C. on the application of a group of representative Chicago business men who agreed to promote the event under the name of the International Air Show, Inc. Claude V. O'Callaghan, formerly supervisor of regulations in United Air Lines' operation department has been appointed assistant to R. T. Freng, chief of flying. FINAL FLASHES Latest Spot News coming in "just before CONTACT'S presses roll" 8,000 Junior Birdmen Storm Amusement Park Fort Lee, N.J., Aug. 31 - Over 8,000 members of the Junior Birdmen of America residing in the Metropolitan area, today stormed the Palisades Amusement Park, located in the south part of Fort Lee. The event marked the third successive celebration of the New York WIng of a National Youth Movement which now boasts a total membership of over one half million. The famous pleasure spot atop the Palisades of the historic Hudson River, afforded countless thrills to future Lindberghs with its Ferris Wheel, the Whip, the Lindy-Loop, the Airplane Circle Swing, the Caterpillar, Looney Castle, the Fun House, and the Zoo. In the Open Air Theatre, the Birdment were greeted by Gov. H. Hoffman of New Jersey, Eddie Rickenbacker, Dick Merrill, Frank Hawks, Swaneed Taylor, Sandy Willetts, and other celebrities. Several thousand copies of CONTACT were carried home by the youthful aviation enthusiasts. Publication headquarters of Aviation's National Newspaper is within a few blocks of Palisades Park, in Fort Lee. Federal Injunction To Be Sought ON $13,000,000 Airport Deal (Special to CONTACT) - Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 30, - A prominent Ohio aviation enthusiast, reputed to be worth well above a million, will seek a Federal Injunction to stop the allocation of Ten Million Dollars of WPA Federal Funds for the improvement of North Beach Airport in New York City, according to information disclosed here today. The Ohioan, head of a great manufacturing industry, after exacting a pledge that his identity be not disclosed at this time, ti is stated, will personally finance a Nationwide campaign to arouse Senators and Congressmen of other States to bring their influence to bear against the diversion of such a huge sum as Ten Million Dollars of Government funds for a single pet airport of New York City's Mayor La Guardia. The promised action probably marks the first attempt of a group of citizens to stop the waste of public funds through appeal to the Federal Courts. Three---Count 'Em [[Picture of 3 Grumman aircraft]] Here's a Navy tiro in a "Section Line." This is a sample of the action that will be spread over the four-day program of the National Air Races, Cleveland Airport, Sept. 3 to 6, inclusive. The service flying branches will participate with a big representation this year, including crack squadrons from the Army, the Navy and Marine Corps. The Navy flyers picture here are from the squadron of eighteen Grumman Fighters which will come to Cleveland from Norfolk for daily exhibitions of spectacular formation flying. Under the same command the Marine Corps will show to the public for the first time the latest attack maneuver, dive bombing, pulling out of their breath-taking dives at two to three hundred feet. A twelve-plane squadron will participate in this exhibition. The Army's representation, on an every day schedule, will include eighteen fighting ships of the latest type from Selfridge Field, a specialty trio of stunt flyers from Maxwell Field, and one of the big, new Boeing Bombers. the Army's Flying Fortress." Deposed Labor Czar to Organize Aviation Men New York City, Aug. 30. - A new labor movement, said to be headed by Theodore M. Brandle, deposed labor "Czar" of Northern New Jersey, has been launched from newly established headquarters at 17 East 42nd St., New York City. The new Union is to be known as the Brotherhood of United Aircraft Workers of America, Inc., and plans to organize the airplane industry on a large-scale. Dues are to be 35 cents per month. The "brotherhood" claims immediate "prospects" for enrolling 23,000 airplane workers, but is not affiliated with the C.I.O., which has also promised to organize the aircraft field through its United Automobile Workers. The A.F. of L. also disclaims any connection with Brandle's "brotherhood," since it also has its own plans for unionizing the aviation industry. New York & New England Airways to Resume Operations Jackson heights, L.J. New York, Aug. 30 - Plans are virtually completed, it was announced here today, for resumption of operations by New York & New England Airways. This corporation owns all the capital stock of Air Terminal Properties, Inc., operators of Holmes Airport. Frequent schedules will be run between Holmes airport and Hartford, Conn.; Springfield, Mass., and other New England points. A large improvement program for Holmes Airport as the base of operations is part of the program. Part of the field will be utilized for a sports center and a tourists' village, to provide additional income and help maintain the terminal. Holmes Airport comprises an area of 228 acres, and is 16 minutes from Times Square via subway. It lays midway between the World's Fair site and Manhattan. A Wall Street Syndicate is to underwrite new financing, reported to be in the neighborhood of $3,000,000. Air Mail Handicapped By Small Airports Washington, Aug. 30 - Small landing fields dangerous for big mail planes, are obstructing the expansion of air mail service for countless communities, according to a statement by Harlee Branch, 2nd Asst. Postmaster General. The airports of the Nation are not keeping abreast of the development of planes. Although some sixty-five million dollars in federal funds have been expended for airport improvements, the Nation's capital itself, is the worst offender in its failure to provide adequate airport facilities. Some cities have received federal aid out of all proportion to the needs of other communities. As a result of alleged indiscriminate spending for favored airport projects, a National Airport Commission is in prospect, with the objective of equalizing airport appropriations. P.O. Department Voids United-Western Contract Washington, Aug. 30. - The contract between United Air Lines and Western Air Express has been declared void by Karl C. Crowley, solicitor for the Post Office Department, who characterized the deal as "monopolistic." Crowley pointed out that no agreement which would concentrate the airmail in the hands of a few corporations would meet with the approval of the Post Office Department, and that the United - Western Air agreement was not within the letter or the spirit of the air-mail act. This decision, it is believed, marks an important turning point in the air transport industry. Chamberlin Carries 10,000 Passengers Wooster, Mass., Aug. 29. - Col. Clarence D. Chamberlin smashed all known records for sight-seeing operations during the sty of Chamberlin fleet in Wooster, by carrying 10,000 passengers on short flights. Twin Motored 27 place Condors were used. THe Chamberlin0Kitty hawk Tour is continuing through New England. September 1, 1937 CONTACT Page Thirty-one Business And Finance In Aviation (Continued from Page 29) $92,423 or 17.7c a share for the corresponding period of last year. Net profit for the second quarter of 1937 amounted to 24c a share as against only 22.2c a share in the first quarter. The consolidated report as of June 30, released by C.L. Egvedt, president, showed sales, operating revenue and other income of $2,134,532 for the second quarter and $3,405,635 for the entire first half of the current year, as compared to $649,528 for the second quarter of 1936 and $1,453,168 for the first half of last year. The substantial increase in sales and related net profits in comparison to the previous year's figures is a result of increased deliveries made under various contractors by the company's subsidiaries. As a result of negotiations with its employees' bargaining agency, it was necessary for Boeing Aircraft Company to grant substantial pay increases effective July 1. It is not possible to determine at this time the exact extent to which future operating results will be influenced by these increased labor costs. Last Month Set New Record for Air Travel A report just released by the Air Transport Association of America discloses that last month was a record breaker for the nation's commercial air lines. revenue passenger miles flown totaled 41,180,337, a figure that compares with the previous high record fo 40,104,800 miles established in July of last year. Traffic during the first six months of 1937 exceeded by 11 per cent that recorded during the corresponding period of last year, aggregating 174,820,643 revenue passenger miles as contrasted with the 157,542,100 miles registered in the first half of 1936, and 46 per cent above these of the first six months of 1935. Express business also showed healthy gains, 2,765,957 pounds being carried in the first five months of the current year. This is a gain of 25 per cent over the like period of 1936 and of 156 per cent over that of 1935. 2nd Quarter Bendix Earning Show Decline
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