Aeronautics: Invention

At Roosevelt Field, N. Y. is a hangar which for two years was always locked, its windows frosted white to guard against peepers. Within strange craft were being built: a great twin-motored plane with two adjustable wings in tandem, with no ailerons and no tail assembly; and a motorless glider of similar design. The wings were designed something like a bird's, with the trailing edge of the front wing fluted, or "feathered." Scarcely less mysterious to the inhabitants of the field was the ship's inventor, Emry Davis, 74, retired manufacturer of inkstands...

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