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Burgess Salutes United on 20th Anniversary of Transcontinental Airmail
January 1941 QST

January 1941 QST

January 1941 QST  Cover - RF CafeTable of Contents

Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles from ARRL's QST, published December 1915 - present. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.

This thankful commemoration of the 20th anniversary of U.S. Air Mail service from Burgess Battery Company, which appeared in a 1941 issue of QST magazine, encompasses most of my major lifetime interests. First and foremost, from my earliest memories, is a love of airplanes (and all things that fly for that matter). A DC−3 (my favorite multi-engine propeller plane) is shown in one of the photos as is a Ford Trimotor, which Melanie and I have flown on. Next comes the electrical, electronics, and radio communications aspects, which encompasses the aircraft wiring and avionics. Even the postal mail theme connects with my lifelong involvement in stamp collecting (philately). Air Mail service is no longer a separate offering of the U.S. Post Office. The only thing missing is pizza and coffee!

Burgess Salutes United on 20th Anniversary of Transcontinental Airmail

Burgess Salutes United on 20th Anniversary of Transcontinental Airmail, January 1941 QST - RF CafeBurgess Radio Batteries - RF CafeCoast-to-coast airmail service recently celebrated its 20th birthday, and of course, United Air Lines was "all dressed up" for the occasion. [To the left] is Captain 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. [Above], 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 - RF Cafe

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).

DeHaviland plane became a mail carrier on the first coast-to-coast airway - RF Cafe

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 - RF Cafe

"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.

"Mainliner" which carries air mail cross-continent in 16 hours - RF Cafe

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 circumstances.

Burgess Battery Company, Freeport, Illinois

 

 

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