Aeronautics: Seadrome

For nearly a year Germany's Luft Hansa air lines have been experimenting with a converted freight steamer, the S. S. Westphalen, as a mid-ocean station for airplanes (TIME, May 15). Last week a flying boat crossed from Africa to Brazil, via the Westphalen, in the latter's first dress rehearsal.

The flying boat was a twin-motored Dornier Wal* named Monsoon, of the type which Capt. Wolfgang von Gronau thrice flew from Germany to the U. S. Carrying a crew of four and a Luft Hansa director, the Monsoon flew up from British Gambia, headed west...

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