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I don’t think I’ve ever heard of horses pulling a glider into the air before

May 14th, 2017 by admin

Aug. 1939: Horses are used to launch Bowlus glider sailplane at Joe Plosser’s Grand Central Flying School in Glendale.

Glenn Martin, who builds B-26 bombers, and flying boats, stood on the sidelines at Grand Central Air Terminal in Glendale while a motor-less machine generating “two horsepower” slid into the skies.

The horsemen of Los Charros, association of hard-riding film, radio and ranch folk were pulling the glider up, a test proving that horses, galloping at 30 m.p.h. over ground where motorcar launching of sailplanes is unfeasible, can be put into useful operation.

Two held the long rope attached to the peapod cockpit of Hawley Bowlus’s sleek San Fernando-made sailplane. At the signal, they spurred like mad. And while Martin, North American Aviation Co. officials and air minded Hollywood cinema men watched, the noiseless craft soared to the length of its halter.

When the glider returned, Martin asked to be permitted to sit at its simple controls.

“Not much like your bombers, is it Mr. Martin?” asked Bowlus.

“Our ships–yours and mine–all have their place. Sailplaning is a grand sport that really teaches the theory of flight. With the clipped winged, heavily powered, heavily loaded military craft used today, knowledge of thermals and wind currents and the art of flying without engines comes in mighty handy in emergencies.”…

In 1939 soaring enthusiasts had 800 clubs throughout the United States

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I don’t think I’ve ever heard of horses pulling a glider into the air before

1927 boat tail Rolls Royce 20HP Sports Coupe, rebodied by design for pulling a glider airplane

April 8th, 2016 by admin

It was shipped to the USA in 1927 as a rolling chassis. In 1933 this light weight and streamlined body was fitted for Alan Bemis to pull his glider up into the air.

He built a racetrack around his estate where he held the 1934 Wayland G P and other events. The car left the states in the 1950`s for Rhodesia. After Rhodesia’s Independence the car moved to Capetown South Africa. It returned to the England in 1994.

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1927 boat tail Rolls Royce 20HP Sports Coupe, rebodied by design for pulling a glider airplane

WW2 glider picked up in tow… cool little video!

February 5th, 2016 by admin

the words written with chalk on the nose of the glider are “The Last Honey Bucket”

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WW2 glider picked up in tow… cool little video!

Disney California Adventure (in Anaheim, just south of Los Angeles) is a full day of cool stuff for car guys

July 24th, 2012 by admin