Capt. Rickenbacker’s Airplane of the Future (Nov, 1929)


America’s war-time ace of aces who is now prominently connected with Fokker Aircraft tells of the remarkable ships of tomorrow now being built, and predicts revolutionary developments in flying.

SEVEN years ago with a pilot, mechanic and a traveling companion, I began an air tour of the United States.

It was a visionary journey in a cabin plane, with my companion, a young newspaper friend, making his first air tour. We rode in the cabin of the plane, carried our luggage in the baggage compartment and caused no little commotion as we began our trip from a landing field near New York City.

For the first day all was well. The second day our troubles began. The third day they multiplied. The fourth, they were magnified, and the fifth, they became disastrous when the ship was completely wrecked.

My companion and I completed the journey in a smaller, open war-type biplane, but it was rough travel in comparison to the impressive journey we had mapped out for ourselves in the cabin ship. At that time in my utter disappointment I made the bland statement that there was not a single cabin ship capable of making the extensive tour we had planned. Air enthusiasts and members of the infant industry heaped verbal coals of hatred about my head. But it was true.