January 1941 QST
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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles
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).
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
Coast-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 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
"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 circumstances.
Burgess Battery Company, Freeport, Illinois
Posted April 16, 2018