AERONAUTICS: Wanted: Dirigible Engines

In the U. S. Naval Institute's Proceedings published last fortnight, Lieut. Thomas G. W. Settle wrote what many an airman already knew: "There is only one bona fide airship engine in the world today— [Germany's] Maybach." Last week in his syndicated newspaper colyum, Calvin Coolidge blunderingly deplored: "A naval office reports that the best engine is made abroad," missing the lighter-than-air distinction. Navy officials protested. Had not the Navy been largely responsible for the development of the air-cooled motor for planes?

None, however, denied Lieut. Settle's statement that Maybach alone is...

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