An Amphibian Land, Water And Air Hydroplane
The accompanying illustration shows one of the
latest inventions in the calm of hydroplanes and this particular
species might well be classified as an amphibian of the first
water. As its inventor states in his patent, -yes, he has really
been granted a patent by Uncle Sam on this marvelous contraption,
his airship may be used in the air, thru water or upon the land
with equal facility. The inventor provides in his design for the
combination of a lighter than air or buoyant flying machine with a
watertight passenger compartment. Thus he has given us a vehicle
which may be used on inundated or marine surfaces, and the vehicle
is further provided with wheels, in such a manner as to move
readily over any ground surface. The machine is fitted with
suitable motors, planes and rudders, all of which are accessible
and controllable from the interior of the enclosed cab of the
This remarkable hydroplane should prove a great boon to the
management of summer resorts, who are forever on the watch for
something really new and novel. As our illustration discloses, a
great variety of pleasure is afforded the passengers who embark on
a voyage of adventure in this hybrid airship.
The superstructure consists essentially of a cylindrical metallic
tube having a cigar shaped front end and an outer wall formed of a
number of longitudinal ribs, which are in turn connected to an
inner encircling band, thus forming a substantial framework for the
ballonets or gas bags, which are used to give the airship the
desired buoyancy. The car attached to the superstructure and
ballonet frame at the bottom, is provided with windows and doors,
all of which may be sealed hermetically from the interior of the
car, so that the car may be run thru the water, fully submerged,
when desirable or necessary, and in any event the passengers are
assured of a most delightful trip among the fishes.
At the rear end of the car is a revolving screw for propelling the
hydroplane thru the water, while a rudder is also used to control
the direction of the airship in its flight thru the water. On top
of the ballonet superstructure, the inventor places two masts for
the support of a radio antenna one of which may act as a flag pole.
Arranged along the center line of the superstructure on the
exterior are a plurality of planes, which are maintained in the
proper position by means of guy rods. Horizontal rudders are
arranged in opposite pairs, each consisting of a series of blades
mounted upon central shafts. All of the rudders and propellers are
controllable by the aviator from within the cab. and by actuating
the various rudder and plane controls, it is thus possible for the
operator to cause the craft to fly on a level keel, or to turn at
any desired angle, either upward or downward.
This amphibious airship is caused to fly thru the air by means of a
pair of powerful propeller blades disposed on opposite sides of the
gas bag frame as shown, and at the center of the ballonet
These propeller blades are driven by the motor situated within the
car by means of bevel gears. Coney Island and the rest of the
amusement parks threaten to take all of our spare nickels and dimes
this summer, with such irresistible and fascinating diversions as
this before us.
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