AERONAUTICS: Slot Interceptor

Well within Frederick Handley Page's arm-reach last week was a $100,000 prize put up by the Guggenheim Fund for a plane which best promised safety in the hands of even an inexpert pilot.

The slotted wing is his device. When the ordinary airplane rises at too sharp an angle with the ground, air, which must stream sucking over the wings to support them, cannot reach enough wing surface to do its work. Consequently the plane loses flying speed. It stalls. Then it drops. The Handley Page wing contains a long narrow auxiliary wing...

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