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Navigation 15 asci 254 module 3 pioneers airmail

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Unformatted text preview: wed that the mail could be flown coast to coast at night. Many quickly realized that bonfires were an inadequate means of nighttime navigation and something better was needed. navigation 15 ASCI 254 – Module 3: Pioneers Airmail Timeline Initial airmail operations began 1918 First airmail service began 1918 – August 12 Transcontinental route completed 1920 – Sept 8 Congress approved funding for lighting system 1923 Regularly scheduled transcontinental airmail service began 1924 – July 21 1923 - Congress appropriated funds for the construction of a system 1923 of sequential lighting on the transcontinental airmail route. The first lighting segment was built from Chicago to Cheyenne. Aircraft launched at dawn on either coast would reach the lighted segment by nightfall. The mail would then continue on the lighted segments at night. Red and green rotating beacons were placed on 50 ft towers every 10 miles that flashed its own location code. every July 1, 1924 - Regularly scheduled transcontinental airmail service July began. The service took 34 hours from New York to San Francisco and 29 hours from San Francisco to New York. and The lighted airway system was completed coast to coast. This was The just the beginning of viable commercial aviation. Still needed were better engines, better aircraft designs, instruments, financing, and acceptance by the public. acceptance 16 ASCI 254 – Module 3: Pioneers Engine Development Timeline Taylor engine 1903 Liberty & Hispano-Suiza engines built 1919 First air-cooled engine built 1923 200 HP J-5 called Wright Whirlwind developed 1925 - Dec 400+ HP Wasp engine built 1926 - March 1903 - Charlie Taylor built the aircraft engine for the Wright Flyer. 1919 - The Packard Automobile Company designed and built the Liberty engine 1919 which powered the De Havilland DH-4. which 1919 - The Wright-Martin Company in New Jersey built Hispano-Suiza engines. October 1919 – The Wright-Martin Company became known as the Wright October Aeronautical Company. Aeronautical 1923 – The Lawrance Co...
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