|Let's look at this, on account of the "Smith's Electric Pilot" being all but unknown to the history of technology. (Apparently there's a chapter in Wealth from Knowledge: Studies in Innovation in Industry, J. Langrish, et al. Only $169 for the pdf! )|
|Oh, Flight, you naughty thing, you.|
|Bear in mind that this is the central structural element of the Lancaster and the reason for its superb weight lifting capabilities.|
The first prototype, tested in Jun 1945, revealed numerous aerodynamic problems which had never been encountered, and meanwhile the cabin design was changed again, while pressurisation proved to be very hard to do. Official testing began in April 1946, and a provisional certificate of airworthiness was issued in November, and Avro was under the impression that route trials would then begin, but, unexpectedly, BOAC took a random plane down to Nairobi for testing, which Dobson regards because of a secret decision not to operate it over the Atlantic. Because of the Nairobi route testing, BOAC issued a report alleging three major defects and declaring the aircraft unsuitable for any of its routes. On 17 July 1947, Whitney Straight visited Avro and told the company that the Tudor would not be flown over the Atlantic, notwithstanding ongoing efforts to correct the defects identified by BOAC, as the 4000 miles still air range was now deemed inadequate. Avro came back with a new, proposed cabin layout allowing for 24 passengers, and BOAC promised to get back to it Sir Roy Dobson concludes by asserting that it is all BOAC’s fault for being so indecisive, and pointing out that it took the Constellation six years to be approved for civil flying, and another year for overseas routes.
|Just super-top secret avionics from four years ago. No big deal.|
The International Meteorological Conference in Toronto was shown electrically operated machines that record and tabulate meteorological data with punch cards. Now to punch-card the billion observations made by the International Weather Bureau over the last sixty years! They also ease the task of collecting observations from automatic weather stations, which can be directly recorded on punch cards. A direct California-Hong Kong air service will be resumed next week. BEA carried 69,600 passengers in July, up 14,000 over June. British South American Airways will be showing films during flight with a 16mm projector.
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Maybe a White man will come along and suggest doing this in India.
We could call him a "white saviour!"
“Balance of Payments, V: Fewer Imports and Cheaper Exports” The Economist accepts that the only way of reducing imports to 85% of 1938 levels is through increasing food production, and hopes that it will get a cookie for saying so. However, the Government is doing it wrong, so there’s that. As for cheaper exports, that will be hard, and will require “unorthodox methods” for a long time to come, as the balance of payments problem will be with us for a generation to come.
|"The Seven Seas." The DC-7, when it finally came along, was in production from 1953 to 1958|
|The first all-electronic comptometer, produced by "Sumlock Comptometer, Ltd," from 1961. I did not know that. By MaltaGC at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2542911|
|By Nigel Ish - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28897451|
|Spoilers: The Marshall Plan is going to be carried out, Clement Atlee will remain prime minister until 1950, and Europe will not fall to communism.|
|The Ashoka Rock Edict at Junagadh.|
In Germany, there are more talks about this and that –very bloodless. And then there is the “Holmag Affair.” Holmag is a factory in Hamburg that was listed as reparations at the end of the war. But that was then. The factory was soon put back to work producing various goods for German consumers, while the reparations situation slowly ripened. Finally, last week, rumour says in Kiel, it was to be closed and shipped to India. German workers occupied it in protest, and were expelled by the German police, on order from the Occupation authorities, which upset German administrators, who thought that they ran the police. Also upset, the workers, who returned in the morning to find the factory shuttered, presumably because the rumours were true. Or so people think. No-one is saying different, and The Economist says that someone should, before everything goes to pot at all the factories still listed as reparations. [pdf] In Britain, the coming-into-effect of the Control of Engagement Order hasn’t caused the end of the world, yet, perhaps because nothing has actually been done, although the Government is talking very tough about rounding up the “spivs and drones” and putting them to useful work. The Economist is actually quite sympathetic to the “novelists, artists and students” who make up the “spivs.”
I don’t know about the drones, but the next note is about “Controlling the BBC,” although the “control” is only over finances. Well now there’s a slip for you, as I find that in my English notes, I misspelled “finance,” “fiancé.” By which I of course mean that A. is making fine progress mastering the bagpipes. There are elections in the Saar (where the French hope the Saarlanders will vote to be more French), and in Denmark, where the Social Democrats will probably gain seats at the expense of the Communists and head a coalition government. Fruit and vegetable prices are too high, perhaps because retailers’ margins are excessive. There is supposed to be a commission report soon to show whether there has been price gouging on gooseberries and parsnips. British people eat those, right? The Ministry of Health is vetoing public housing projects, for some reason, and there may not be any more new towns soon, because they are not a good use of resources in austerity, etc. Bulgaria is upset that the British are upset about the execution of Nikola Potkov, while in Romania, “Mr. Jovanovich”now faces capital charges. The Russians have proposed that the Americans and Russians both withdraw their occupation forces from Korea at the beginning of the next year, even if no Korean central government has been agreed. The Russians are withdrawing from most of their occupation zones in Asia, so this might happen. The latest road accident report is long and boring. I guess that means that accidents aren’t up? “If it bleeds, it leads”!
|The Illustrated London News, which apparently believed in "reporting," says that there were over 100 passengers on board, that 30 were killed in the explosion, which happened at the dock, in the middle of the West End, and that "estimates range from five to 30 fatalities." Source, while it still exists.|
|Seriously? By © Richards family archive - Richards Archive, Magdalene College Cambridge, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62038546|
|This is apparently not what top-heavy, entitled management looks like. (Oyster Bar.)|
|Operation Pluto pipeline, stripped to show built-up layers. Cool, if you don't have the time to click through to the Wiki link. By Geni at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6790716|
|It's the Fortune version of the Person-of-the-Year curse.|
|Forty good years for the pulp mill towns of the coast, coming up!|
|The link above goes to Commentary's archives, as Maurer published three articles (about China and India) there in 1951/2. He's also turned up in these pages as a translater of the Dao De Jing. Notice the hopeful arrows in the direction of the Virgin Lands and the Mid-Canada Corridor. Oh, you mid-century dreamers!|
|So, according to official statements, the White Australia policy isn't racist, because it isn't racist to only want white immigrants, because they're "homogenous." I guess if there were any non-White Australians, this policy would be different!|
|If the thumbnail of the pdf hit is to be believed, Ingalls Raymond is related to Ingalls Wilder; otherwise, Google knows nothing. But here's an ad from another eccentric American inventor!|