|At least we can look forward to The Economist's fulsome apology next winter., when it turns out that giving miners some time off increases productivity. By Plazak - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30315668|
|Islands of vast strategic importance if World War II ever happens again. Also, Australia cares about them, and Australia's huge sterling balance is never going to be cleared if we don't suck up to them hard.|
|Almost 600 built as Vikings, Valettas and Varsities.|
|Following up on Air Commodore D'Aeth, I encounter a colorful story of Aries II just getting off the ground from a seven-week tour of the Antipodes in the fall of 1947. Loaded with illicit "souvenirs" and taking off from Bulawayo (1350m elevation), with a full load of fuel for the thirteen hour leg to Khartoum, Group Captain A. A. Vielle barely pulls the aircraft into the air.|
|Air Commodore D'Aeth enjoys some downtime in India, February 1947|
|The other links in text are to BSAA's two Tudor disappearances "over the Bermuda Triangle." This one is to the 1950 Llandow air disaster. Even given the gruesome safety records of "successful" designs like the Constellation and Stratocruiser, the Tudor IV was special.|
|So Arcata Airport was actually built to develop bad weather landing methods. Because why else would anyone go to the northern half of California, except to drive to Oregon? I think there's more words in the Wikipedia article on Eureka than there are people living there.|
|Percival Prince. By RuthAS - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6763067|
|Vintage 1940s NATO trench coats, the Pinterest page says.|
|New Caledonia Tourism thinks you should come and have a look, but I'm just posting this to have an excuse to say that I think "Anglo-French New Hebrides Pandemonium" is funny.|
|This stuff is harder than it looks. By LokiiT - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8876811|
|Americans are going to run out of things to buy soon.|
|Taft in 1939|
|Windows Photos is being a bit capricious this week, but at least you get a taste of late-Forties Economist talk!|
On the bright side, the Danish Food Agreement is holding, and South Africa is using targeted tax reductions to promote gold mining, which will increase the supply of gold available to ship to the United States to balance its trade.
|Well, the AW52 achieved a 50% survival rate, so there's that. On the other hand, it's not like it every actually accomplished anything apart from showing that flying wings were very hard to control with Fifties era technology, making the success of the Avro Vulcan even more difficult to understand.|
|Pauline Fahie, nee Gower, 1910--47. Gower, Grace Moore, Dorothy Spice, Ellen Wilkinson --1947 is taking a toll.|
|Wren drew for The Aeroplane, so he's a bit obscure, but Tartan Terror has it covered!|
|Avro Ashton -- The Tudor that didn't crash. There was also a Viking with jet engines in place of the Hercules.|
|You certainly can't say that the're not giving military Keynesianism a fair trial.|
|Not an airliner with emergency rockets slung under its wings to shoot it out of a bad landing, but also a good example of not thinking clearly, with rockets. Also further.|
|"Hey, Admiral! Here's some money we haven't set on fire yet! Can we give it to Martin?"|
|Aviation is just sad these days. Good thing there's a Cold War on the way!|
|More to come in June. Source.|
The Air Force and Navy, “forgetting that the airlines taught them to fly schedule,” are all talking about their GCA achievements, and the CAA and the airlines countered by showing Sperry’s hookup of the gyro pilot to give automatic approaches on ILS. Now there is more talk of an independent accident air safety board, and $25 million extra for airport GCA, ILS and high intensity runway lights. In Senate hearings, Owen Brewster produced statistics showing that unscheduled services had even higher accident rates than the CAB imagined. Paper uses newspaperese with no subjects or preposition, making hard understanding doing who. It seems as though it is suggesting that the public hysteria over GCA and ILS is counterproductive, and that the paper prefers ILS, and is upset that everyone is talking about GCA.
|A Bohn ad, just to break up the text.|
In other news, there is talk of a fuel tax on air tickets, the air freight lines are losing ground to scheduled carriers, and major airlines are joining together to found an “Airlines Terminal Corporation” which will operate shared facilities. The paper also thinks that the Army has given away too much in unification talks with the Navy, that there will not be a mass-production light aircraft industry until small planes have proved their utility, and that the manufacturers are not doing enough to abate aircraft noise. WORLDATA reports that 170 scheduled common carrier airlines around the world operate 650,000 unduplicated route-miles and cover 12 million plane-miles per week, not including Russia. English manufacturers have orders for 1830 aircraft, of which 850 are fore export. Its latest information is that government pressure has forced BOAC to ease up on its Tudor I cancellations, and that the Metrovick F-3 jet engine has 6000lb thrust. Australian airlines are increasing their American orders after bad experiences with Yorks and Lancastrians and bad testing from the Tudor. South Africa is ordering Vickers Vikings for its internal routes, replacing DC-4s, and the “emergency” (overweight, that is) DC-4 services to England will be continued through July.
|Pictures of Walter Beech, T. Claude Ryan, and Stratocruisers available on request.|
|Page after mind-numbing page of tiny little airplanes that no-one is going to buy. We really need a Cold War about now.|
|This is a two-page spread. The other side shows the various stages of coal gasification.|
|Cable cutting, 1947! It turns out that thumb-sucking articles about how awful mass media is, have been with us since forever.|
|Say this for Kim Il Sung; at least he derailed austerity in time for the swinging 50s.|
|Bognor Regis? Butlin Skegness? This is a joke, right?|
I suppose there’s something for everybody. And if it’s any consolation, his English critics sound even more unhinged than his customers. The paper highlights a blurb to the effect that he is “debauching Britain.” Have these people been to London? Well, maybe they weren't escorted around by Uncle George and yourself. . . More to the point, the economics of people holidaying in concentration camps turns out to be very good, with Butlin shares selling at around $4, with less than 40 cents of tangible assets behind them, healthy profits, and so little for Jimmy Butlin to do that he spends most of his time “lounging around his camps.”
|There's not much to add to the pictures, of which these are only a selection.|
With only 30% of industry occupied, five million unemployed, 4.5 million repatriates looking for positions, only half as much coal available as before the war, shortages of everything, especially housing, and management “paternalistically padding the numbers of its employees,” there is a great deal of room for that. For SCAP, the issue is combining industrial revival with “democratisation” in the right form and mix.
It seems to be going well so far as land reform go, indifferently in the field of education and emperor worship, and problematically in the field of labour, where, if you give the unions their head, they tend to turn socialist. Also now insert bromides about conservatism, native religion and something called “neo-Confucianism,” used as usual to show that the writer knows so much about “Confucianism” that he can distinguish “neo-“ from whatever is its opposite in Greek or Hebrew or Latin or whatever language one is dropping to show one’s education. (I’m sorry if I run on with characters that haven’t seen the light of day in five hundred years. I’m trying to capture fancy English educated grammar.)
And that's it! James is very cool on the idea that we're in for a coal boom; and it is hard to imagine something as bizarre as holiday camps spreading beyond England, but radiating food sounds as though it has promise. Not as much promise as arbitraging silver; but getting into that game requires that you and Uncle George and his friends find us an English partner on the approved silver purchasing list.