January 1941 QST
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Burgess Battery Company Advertisement
Burgess Salutes United on 20th Anniversary of Transcontinental
Coast-to-coast airmail service recently celebrated its 20th birthday,
and of course, United Air Lines was "all dressed up" for the occasion.
Above is Capt. Jack Knight veteran United pilot, who made the first
night airmail flight in history. The Burgess Battery Company is
proud of its opportunity to serve airmail development, having supplied
Burgess Radio Batteries as exclusive standard equipment for several
years on all United Air Lines planes. Below, a United maintenance
man installs a Burgess Battery in the auxiliary radio equipment
- the "safety" equipment which must operate immediately and unfailingly
if the regular equipment should fail.
Airway Radio was in the experimental stage when this picture
was taken of radio engineers and post office officials along with
Captain Jack Knight of United (in center with short leather coat).
Built for War, this DeHaviland plane became a mail carrier on
the first coast-to-coast airway in 1920. Note open cockpit and ancient
Model-T touring car in background.
"Tin Goose" was the nickname given the tri-motored Ford when
these planes were introduced to the coast-to-coast airway. Note
how the mail compartment in the wing was lowered for loading.
4 Times Faster than 1920 is this huge three-mile-a-minute "Mainliner"
which carries air mail cross-continent in 16 hours. Burgess Batteries
assure positive operation of emergency radio equipment under all
Burgess Battery Company, Freeport, Illinois
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