Aeronautics: Fire Beaten?

Thus far no fireproof airplane has been built, no mail pouch which will prevent letters from being charred. Last week at Heston Airport near London, officials of the British Air Ministry saw what may lead to both objectives.

A Belgian Army major named R. van Rolleghem produced a miniature airplane fuselage composed of a secret material which looked like mica-coated asbestos. In the cockpit, in place of pilot & observer, he lodged two white mice. Then he ignited the fuel in the machine's nose. The terrified mice were not even singed.

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