New York Times 4 Aug 1910 "McCormick Backs Airships"
Mccormick backs airships. John D. Rockefeller's Son-ln-Law Helpa Inventor of a Monoplane, Social to Th Krai York Timtt. STAMFORD, Conn.. Aug. 8. Harold F. McCormlck of Chicago, son-in-law of John D. Rockefeller, is furnishing- funds for the development ot an aeroplane invented by William 8. Rommo of New York. A corporation haa been formed by Mr. Romme in Illinois to exploit his machine. He la President. Mr. McCormlck Vice President, and John A. Chapman, a Chicago man Interested In McCormlck enterprise, la Treasurer. John D. Rockefeller. Jr.. la said to be an officer ot the corporation, too, but this could not be ascertained definitely. Mr. McCormlck is now in Europe, but is expected here In September to witness test flights. Mr.- Romme is a New Yorker, about 40 years old, and his sole occupation has been inventing. He is a member of the Aeronautical Society and of the Aero Club, and haa won prises with his model monoplane for length of flight, stability, and originality. Several months ago Mr. Romme submitted the model to Mr. McCormlck. who is the son of the late Cyrus McCormlck. Inventor of the reaping machine, and is a Vice President and Treasurer of the International Harvester Company. Mr. McCormlck inherit much of his father's Inventive genius, and had been experimenting with aeroplane models. After Mr. Romme's plans had been passed on by his engineers and pronounced practicable he agreed to back the machine. Mr. Romme is assembling his machine here in a tent, which Is closely guarded. A bulldog is one of tho guards, and there Is always an armed watchman at the tent. Mr. Romme will not be ready for a flight until about the middle of September. Then he will try the airship the Merry Widow-over Long Island Sound. He will take the machine to Mlneola later for a more thorough testing. Mr. Romme - says he has a system of control that will not infringe on any patent. The machine will weigh about 300 pound without the motor, but the Inventor says it will be stronger and more stable than machines of greater weight A feature upon which much depends for stability will be a hollowed mast of ash. This will be ten feet high, and will be set at ' about' in the centre of the airship. rom the mast there will shoot orr Dam-boo ra dials each 20 feet long. Th ma-chln when- fully equipped will be 40 feet wide, and will hav a depth from mast tip to mast tip of 10 feet. The motor will be a ecu red to th mast, aa will th viator" seat. Th propeller shaft will be sustained In castings of an aluminium alloy. Most of th metal part will be made of this alloy. Tho surfacing ot th machln will be of vulcanised linen capable- of withstanding a preasur of 100 pounds to th inch. I