The prominent part taken by radio apparatus in the trans-Atlantic flight of the NC seaplanes has emphasized the uses and needs of such radio apparatus during long flights along the coast and the absolute necessity of efficient apparatus within reasonable limits of weight for the commercial trans-Atlantic air lines which will be organized in the future. It is a curious fact, but yet to be expected, that when the designers and the pilots of air-craft think of radio sets, they invariably think in pounds. Pounds of weight and pounds of head resistance mean pounds of gasoline and oil. And pounds of gasoline and oil mean speed and endurance. But what good would extra pounds of gasoline and oil do if communication and navigation were made uncertain and the lives of the crew and passengers jeopardized when lost during a fog or when drifting on the water with no means of communication?
Radio Equipment On "NC" Seaplanes
By Lieut. Commander Robert A. Lavender, U. S. Navy