Aeronautics: Seadrome

The S.S. Westphalen cleared the port of Bremerhaven last week with a curious destination on her logbook: "Long. 25° W. Lat. 5° X." There, in the South Atlantic. just above the Equator and midway between Africa and South America, the Westphalen was to drop anchor and remain indefinitely as a way station for transoceanic aircraft. Onetime freight steamer of the North German Lloyd, the Westphalen has been rebuilt for seadrome purposes. Most ingenious device is the landing apron, an enormous sheet of tarpaulin criss-crossed by wooden laths. The apron trails in the...

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