Sea sleds for airplanes (1920)

Sea sleds for airplanes

Speed of giant floats makes the taking off from small space a matter of ease

Giant sea sleds capable of carrying airplanes out in mid-ocean are bing developed by a Boston concern. Some are equipped with four motors, totaling 1,750 horsepower, and have a speed of 55 miles an hour.

In the event of war with a foreign nation these sea sleds would be utilized to transport heavy bombing planes across the ocean. Thousands could be sent at a comparatively low cost.

While it is possible for an airplane to leave the deck of a sea sled, there is not sufficient room for a landing to be made. The flying machine would have to work out on its own salvation once its wheels left the sled.

These sea sleds are built to lift and run on the surface of the water. When a speed of 50 miles an hour is reached, it is possible for an airplane to open its motors and leave the deck without any further runway.

Experiments made off the New England coast show that a small airplane can “take off” when the sea sled is making but 40 miles an hour in a heavy sea. Other tests are being made to develop the high power planing sea sleds into pleasure craft as well as for military and naval purposes.

Gordon S Orme of New Orleans, a wealthy sportsman, has had a 32-footer built for his use in the Gulf of Mexico. Factories have been established in Atlantic City to aid in producing the sea sleds, which are now being tested off the New England coast.

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