United Air Service Hearing[s] Before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Military Affairs, House of Representatives, Sixty-Sixth Congress, Second Session Volume 1-5
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from ... Show synopsis This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...these radio beacons along their routes for the purpose of guiding the machines. In misty weather, or anything of that kind, eventually it would become essential, when aviation had readied the point where they can fly irrespective of the weather. They have got to have something to' guide thom. Hearing is impossible. Under certain conditions sight can not be used. When I say hearing. I mean the hearing of an ordinary sound signal. But they can use radio and have these automatic stations which will just send out a signal ever so often. They will be charted just as lighthouses are charted. As we extend commercial aviation over the country those things have all got to be taken up and attended to. It is not a small problem. Tin matter of landing fields will be a thing that will require a great deal of effort and thought, and there should be, as I have stated before, landing fields along the routes, not over 15 miles apart. Those would not all have to be first-class fields. There will be some towns and small places where it would be advisable to have landing fields, that would not be able to maintain them. The larger towns can. I am sure. The establishment and maintaining of landing fields would be a very small thing, compared to the construction and maintenance of roads, and yet it would be just as essential. A good road costs from $10.000 to $20,000 a mile, and for the cost of constructing 20 miles of road you could put in three or four fields and maintain them, and some of the larger fields could be maintained at practically no cost, and possibly eventually be a source of revenue, but they have all got to be established, and until aviation has grown it has got to be done to a certain extent by the Government. It will be impossible, or practically so, ..