Landplanes are speedier and more efficient than seaplanes, because they have no bulky floats to add weight and increase air resistance. Landplanes are used, accordingly, on the London-Paris air route, though they have to fly over an angry strip of the English Channel. Even a landplane, however, will float for some time.

The empty space of the fusilage provides quite a large degree of buoyancy, till the water leaks through the cloth covering. To test the flotation of one of the huge air liners, the British Air Ministry has determined on an...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!