The Airship Log from Belleville, Illinois on May 4, 1923 · 1
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The Airship Log from Belleville, Illinois · 1

Belleville, Illinois
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Friday, May 4, 1923
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K fOtJI font VOL 1 Subscription: $2.00 per Year Belleville, Illinois, Friday, May 4, 1923 Published Weekly NO. 1 r. By Way of Introduction To" The" Worthy" Public AVE ARE. CONFIDENT OUR READERS WILL FIND MUCH PLEASURE AND PROFIT BY THE OPPORTUNITY OF BECOMING ACQUAINTED WITH THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN THE VAST AND INTERESTING j AERIAL FIELD . BY LAURENCE F. STONE We predict that a fertile'' field is about to be invaded, walked Into, slid intb, eased Into, prominaded Into, ambulated into, entered, and all the synonymous verbiage which will convey to our friends and well-wishers the fact that we are here to stay, became the idea of The Airship Log," for long a child of the brain and an inspiration' to the imagination has at last come forth to daylight with express purpose of advancing and solidifying the common interests of the Airship Station at Scott Field and the City of Belleville, 111. The field of this publication is a magnificent one. Though we conceive it to be highly probable that there will be spaces in the ether left untouched by ourselves, we believe that numerous opportunities for service w ill present themselves which, while in no way offering competition to our readers favorite daily newspapers, will nevertheless leave something of interest and pleasure to be found in our own columns. Get acquainted with the other fellow, probaby he walks, breathes, feels, smiles, kisses, loves and hates in much the same maqner as we ourselves and many times we might even stretch a point and learn a little from . his manner of performance. NoV rflP might bn wi that declaration? The ma il And jii-form at Scott Field probably has a home, his circle of friends, his chureh and his favorite lawyer in some little town in these United States. His letters to the folks at home tell of his impressions of our own community which for the time being is his abiding place. He likes human companionship and much like all of us, will probably find it to greater or less degree in our midst. One of the. first steps toward friendship, a real lasting and enduring friendship, is perhaps a better understanding of the other fellow. We do not usually care so much about the details of Just yhat he had for breakfast that morning, of. what he intends having the wife -cook for lunch, as tor the general knowledge that he deals fairly, will meet us half way or more so if need be, and that he is, like all of us, possessed of the human characteristics, strength and frailties, that go to make up the average of our dally life. We think that it is going to be mutual advantage to meet and know our Scott Field neighbors. We believe that there is much of benefit to be derived from a better under standing between town and army camp. We are not sufficiently ego. tistical to think that we shall be able to propose a solution for every little difference of thought and action ' between members of the Scott Field eommand and citizens of the City of Belleville, but do believe and announce as our belief that there is much in common between the Army command and our own municipality. It is for the exploration and entry into that common ground of understanding that the Airship Log is beginning publication. We know that our friends are going to understand our efforts and we feel that those who are strange to us at present will ' eventually give us their whole hearted support. We have no axes to grind, no isms to promote, are for the .Government of the United States, do not worry about the hotcakes being ' tfbit overdone at breakfast, and feel and knew that you will like us immensely before we are much older. Ws believe that an exceptional op-portunlty lies ahead 1 of" us for the unstinted backing of our newest big national project, the Air Service, and we are confident that our readers are going to find much of pleasure and profit In being afforded the opportunity of becoming acquainted with, tbe latest developments in this vast and interesting field. Big things are being done right under our noses; note-worthy developments are taking place within shouting distance of our door-fard ; yet oftentimes we are too busy with onr dally business and personal affairs that we find but little time to look over the great air service laboratory situated within 20 minutes automobile ride of our city. .Some of our, neighbors inquired of us the other day what the price .of tickets for admission to Scott Field was for a Sunday visit to the big Bteel hangar.. We will admit that we 'were a bit startled when this question hit us araid-aiffs but In our best editorial manner we assured Mr. Neighbor that nothing other than his own inclination, backed by the necessary amount of ambition for movement, was necessary for the proposed visit. The officers and men at the Field must be fed, housed and clothed. We wonder whether it has ever occurred to our business people tci JuBt what extent the money required for this expenditure stops in o'ur own city. It is the hope of the Airship Log to present accurate figures on this interesting question before a great while and we think that the statement will be an eye-opener. Belleville may well feel a little bit exclusive at possessing in her 1m- mediate vicinity, the only Air Service School of its kind in the United States. No-where else in this broad land is another institution where instruction in the science of piloting and development of Ughter-than-air craft is given. Schools for this pur-: pose were .. formerly maintained at WcaUtag'U Field, Hampden, Va., and at. Brooks .Field, 8an Antonio, Texas. Measures of economy made it necessary for the concentration of all such activities and Scott Field was selected as the spot for consolidation. The choice of this locality has been justified after nearly a year of activity on the pari the Airship School Forty-two students will complete their course of training and be graduated as Airship Pilots by June 30th, 1923.. These will be replaced by others in the Fall and the hum of the motor overhead will be an ever pres ent reminder 6t the Important work being accomplished for the future of military and commercial aeronautics In this country. We trust that we will have every reader .of these columns as our friend. We know that you will like us if you give us a chance. We hope that you will find the first issue of our weekly paper worth your while and we know that you, will be pleased with our efforts, should you decide to give, us a chance. ,, -j? MONOPLANE T-2 :A8SED OVER FIELD ON WAY TO CALIFORNIA Lleuts. John A. MacReady and C. G. Kelley in the army monoplane, T 2, passed over Scott Field at exactly 9 -Oclock last night on a nonstop trans-continental flight from Hempstead, N. Y. to San Diego, Cal When the army filers sighted the beacon light at the Field they dropped three flares in accordance with prearranged signals. Major John A. Paegelow, Commanding Officer of Scott Field, said the T 2 was flying at a height of about 800 feet, but was plainly visible in the field searchlights. He said the 'motor, which was plainly heard, seemed to be hitting perfectly. No planes from Scott Fjeld were In the air because pf the likelihood of confusing them with the T 2. According to the schedule announced at the start the army plane fras not expected to pass over Scott Field until midnight or later.' CLASS IN MOTORS HATE COMPLETED ABOUT ONE-FOURTH OF COURSE The class in Motors, which Is being conducted by Mr? J. T. Warwick, bave completed about one-fourth of the course. The preliminary work and tearing down and Inspection of motors has been finished and the istudents are now building the motors that will be Installed in ships, provided they pass tbe engine acceptance test.1 At tbe present time the work consists of fitting of main bearings land connecting the tod bearings, prior to assembly. As soon as these motors are completed, they will be put on tbe test block. THE PUBLIC GOOD WILL , REQUESTED THE PUBLISHERS OF AIRSHIP LOG OFFER GREETINGS With the appearance of the Initial number of the Airship Log the printers and publishers desire to express their thankful recognition of every one who has contributed to its success. They know that without the Invaluable services of the officers of Scott Field and the support of Belleville merchants the paper could not have- been placed before the public. The need of a weekly, such as this, may bave been obvious for some time. But between the desire of attaining a thing and the realization of the accomplished fact a long and intricate chain of effort must intervene, entailing the amount of energy and perservance hardly noticeably by any one but those in harness. The undersigned are therefore more than pleased to state that the Airship Log has entered upon the scene and that this much done the second issue will make its appearance with comparatively less difficulty. Ngne hut an experienced newspaper aiftt gnd at that only one familiar vVith the publication end of a JournaLiwiil know the endless amount and variety of preliminary work required to get out the first edition of a pap&r. There is tbe advertising matfar to be secured, the reading matjfer to be, turnedi out, the relative , , , i . rflJVHE oneYLvmmetrical edition calculated to - " - gtveysatisfactlon with its appearance as well as with its contents. The thirty years experience of onq of jtbe undersigned as a printer and publisher helped the first edi tion over a number of difficulties. Yet with all of that allowed for, much credit Is due to the able writ ers among the officers of Scott Field without whose services the publication of the Airship Log would never have been undertaken. Tbe public will find the various articles filled with valuable and agreeable information, because , written by spe cialists in the respective lines, and the result of a perusal of these columns will be a better understand, lng and consequently a fuller appro elation , of the public concerning Scott Field. Tbe undersigned are positive that the high and honorable standing of the contributing officers will ever make the contents of the Airehip Log rank with the best of Its kind, placing this weekly from the start on an equal footing with other publications In the army and the navy. The printers and publishers also desire to express a word of appreciation for tbe services of the undersigned Mr. James M. Farrell, the genial and energetic business solicitor, who succeeded In Interesting numerous business men of Belleville to employ the Airship Log as an advertising medium. Without such support all other efforts, thougb ever so untiring, would have fallen to the ground. The large Srrayipf bright business advertisements therefore speaks in eloquent terms of the splendid start and tbe cheerful prospects of tbe Airship Log to dip Into the future with capaclty-rnnnlng propeller, no matter what adverse currents may intervene, Tbe Airship Log is sailing in tbe breeze and from its altitude attracts all eyee upon its course, eliciting a never ending comment of admiration from week to week. Destined to fly in no other element than tiat of freedom, no squall of baseness or of perfidy shall ever, drag the Airship Log to the earth, but mounting and soaring ever blg'ber anil onward it will set the pace for the hopes and aspirations of vast multitudes of men. georgemeyer, , JAMES M. FARRELL,' . t Printers and Publishers Mr. Leo. C. Stevens kaa been detailed as a member of the- School Staff of tbe Air Service Balloon and Airship School , to instruct in fabrics and the free ballooning. The AlnhlP Log will acquaint the Inhabitants of Scott Field with those ot the snrronndlng territory. . JOHN A. PAEGELOW, MAJOR, A. 8. Commanding Officer of Scott Field Major Jyhri A. Paegelow, Commander of Scott Field SERVED IN ALL GRADES OF ARMY FROM MAJOR AND AT ONE TIME COMMA N INLfi lJOR jp .ALLIED Ijghter-thajy-air activitif IDs WORLD WAR Major John A. Paegelow, former resident of California, Mo., and at one time commander of all Allied llghter-er-tban-alr activities on the front during the World War, has been selected as commanding officer of Scott Field to succeed Colonel C. G. Hall, who left for the east coast on March 1st, to pursue a course of instruction In rigid airships with the Navy at Lakehurst, N. J. 4 , Major Paegelow has served In the capacity of executive officer of Scott Field since his arrival In June 1922 from Brooks Field, San Antonio, Texas, where he was commanding officer, and was influential in securing the coming Pulitzer jlrophy races for this section. it - Military Becor ' ' The major has served in all the grades of the American Army from private to colonel, jin 1897 he enlisted in the 16th Infantry as a private. He was later promoted to sergeant and then to .battalion sergeant-major. He was seriously AIRSHIP AC-1 LANDS AT FIELD The military Airship yAC 1, arrived at Scott'Fleld7-:l5, May 3rd, after an eight hundred mile non-stop flight from Langley Field, Va. Taking oft at Langley Field at 2:36 P. M. yesterday the AG 1 headed almoet due west for Scott Field with a favorable wind helping it along. Flying at an altitude of 2, 000 feet, the ship made good a ground apeed - of approximately 60 motor horse power. The landing at Scott Field was made ehortljr after 7 oclock after a rather uneventful trip. The crew of the new Ship stated it handled well in tbe air and was easy to control except that it is a little unstable in direction. The AC 1 is especially adapted for long flights - and -cross-country work. It has an enclosed ear equipped tor sleeping and cooking. The crew of the AC 1 on thie flight were: Lleuts. Geo. W. McIntyre, W. C. Farnum, A. H. Foster. R. S. Heald, pilots, and sergeants Brssty and Kersoskl, engineers. Tbe dimensions of the AC 1 are: capacity 180,000 enble feet: length 169 feet; height 68 feet; width 48 feet; speed-full cruising, 60 m. P. h.; useful load 4306 lbs., engines 2 Aero-Marine, "L6V developing a total horsepower of 260. The ship Is equipped with reversible propellers. PRIVATE TO R OF ALL errjE wounded in the Spaniah-Xmerican War in the charge an San Juan Hill. After recoving, he was sent to the Philippine Islands, where he was commissioned. When the United States entered the war, Major Paegelow, then a captain, was recalled to this country and sent .to France in command of the first American Tighter-than-air units with the rank ot major. He was later placed In command of all the ligbter-than-alr activities on the front and promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel. Since returning from overseas, the major has Berved as commanding officer of the Balloon School at Lee Hall, Va., the Ughter-than-alr activities at Langley Field, Va.( hod of Brooks Field, Texas. The major has been decorated tor distinguished service by our own government with the Distinguished Service Medal, and by the French with the Legion of Honor. He is also a qualified airship pilot. MACHINERY IS BEING INSTALLED Work on the new hydrogen -gas plant at Scott Field is progressing rapidly. Tbe buildings, which are the onjy permament structures on the post, aside from the big hangar, are now almost 98 per cent complete. However, the work of installing the machinery in the buildings will take more time, the chief engineer on the job estimating four months before everything will he ready to turn out gas. Part of the machinery is 100 per cent complete and part is juet installed. Tbe gas to be manufactured at this plant Is used jfor inflating balloons. - , RN-1 ZODIAC ARRIVED AT SCOTT FIELD The RN 1, Zodiac, new giant semi-rigid dirigible -that is to be stationed st Scott Field, ha$ arrived and is being assembled under the direction of Mr. Chis. Brannlgan, Chief Engineer of tfce Air Intermediate depot at Scott Field. The dimensions of the new ship are: Capacity 360,000 cubic feet; length, 262.6 feet; height, 76.8 feet; width, 69 feet; speed: full cruising 47 6 m. h. p; useful lead, 9,000 lbs.; engines, two. Liberty 12 cylinder developing a total horse power of 800. Mayor Anton Wishes Success To Field Paper HE GIVES REASONS FOR HIS PREFERENCES AND CON-GRATULATES THE OFFICERS OF SCOTT FIELD , AND THE PUBLISHERS FOR THEIR GETTING TOGETHER IN THIS ENTERPRISE. Mayor Joseph J. Anton of Belleville is an enthusiastic admirer of aviation. Though he never had an opportunity to become intimately acquainted with the two divisions of aircraft tbe lighter and the heavier than air , he likes them both, and has often expressed his satisfaction with the camp located on tbe outskirts of Belleville. He Is one of tbe pushers for a complete hard road between Scott Field and Belleville, bringing his entire influence as the lead of this city to bear on making such improvement as soon as possible. If it could be accomplished by special assessment, the same as the paving of city streets, every foot of a cement road between the two points would have been laid down long ago.. Mayor Anton, too, heartily favors tbe Airship Log and wishes for It tbe best of Success. He congratulates tbe officers of tbe Field and the printers and publishers on their getting together In this enterpilse, and promises to do all in his power to further tbe Interests of this latest journalistic venture. A representative of the Airship Log called upon his honor to learn his sentimehts concerning this new enterprise. "You may put me down, he said with a warm haudshake and with his wellknown bland smile, you may put me down as a friend of your paper. Have a chair. 1 think tnore cl -yvom 'in irMteviLe for a good' live fair and square weekly, and I believe the officers, of Scott Field will make a big bit. 1 only hope the paper will launch out Into a dally before many months, because I also believe there Is room for a good fair and square dally in this town. , I am for your paper for the further reason that I am for the Field. The relations beta een our people and the officers and men stationed at Scott Field are and ought to remain of the very best. Some of the ablest young men In the country enlist in the aerial service, .thereby bringing the etandard of that branch ot the army away above the average. 'Our people should never forget that this town is one of the favored few among the many thousands of cities and villages In the United States to have a flying camp before their very door, and Scott Field has placed Belleville on the map In a sense as it never was before. Gur people should ever endeavor to he deserving of such distinction by showing their good will to the officers and men of tbe Field and doing all In their power to promote the most amicable relations. I assure yon I will do my part as far as in my power Ilea. It I can get. the concrete road between here and the Field completed, you may depend on It that the unimproved section will be improved. If I can be of any service to the officers and the men, or to the Airship Log and its publishers,' or to the advertisers and the subscribers of the paper, let me know and if you are not asking the Impossible count on me to be with you from start to finish. Allow meto express through the columns of pour paper my hearty congratulations to the military men as well as to the civilians who brought this latest Journal Into life. Tell them Joseph Anton is their friend, and they will find the city administration one hundred per eent in favor of Scott Field and Its weekly newspaper. Tell them the mayor of . Belleville will set ap example for his' fellow citizens as to bow the defenders of our country should be honored and respected by all classes of the people. , GYMNASIUM FOR TUIH1ERS not (mill The Airship Log takes pleasure in I calling attention to the movement of tbe Belleville Turners to build a new and up-to-date gymnasium as an enterprise which deserves the moral and financial support of all progressive citizens in this part ot the county. The Belleville. Turners, as everybody knows, are an organization devoted to physical culture, for which purpose they maintain a competent school open to every person from six to eighty years of age. Inetruction is not restricted to tbe membership of the society, but may be received by any one of good moral character. For this reason the Turners have enjoyed the goodjwJIl -of the public. 1 the mlituar esteem manifesting itseil -4r at numerous civic and patriotic do- . ings for which the Turners supplied the greater part of the talent free of charge, A further reason for deserving the public good will is turniehed by tbe Turners just now by their intention ot building an auditorium 66 by 198 feet large, which dimensions will dwarf any other public hall In the city. Such auditorium will offer ample space for political conventions, automobile shows and similar af- fairs which could not be accommodated very well in this city in the past. The gymnasium is to be erected at the south-west corner of First and A streets opposite the post office, a location belonging to the best sites In Belleville. The subscription td he raised by the Turners amounts to $26,000 of which $22,000 has been signed, and from $60,000 to $76,00T are to be raised by bonds under the management of the wellknown financier John S. Carson. We hope the remaining $3,090 to be raised by subscription will be secured as eoou as possible so the work of building the gymnasium may proceed at once. We -therefore advise the people to come , to the assistance of the Turners and sign as liberally as their means will allow, for the subscription are not to ' ' be donations but investments secured J. by notes with three per cent per annum, In this connection we also desire to call attention to the monster gymnastic tournament to he given by the Belleville Turners, assisted by the St. ' Louis District of -the American Gym- . nastlc Union, at the Belleville Fair Grounds on Sunday, June 24th. This , entertainment has been arranged in honor ot the national convention of , the American Gymnastic Union which will take place at St. Louis June 23rd to 26th, the- 260 delegates of which coming from all parts of the country wilt be the guests ot honor at the Belleville festivity. , The St. Louis District pf the Amer- . lean Gymnastic Union, of which the Belleville Turners are members, held Its annual convention at Columbia, 111., last Sunday and elected 31 delegates to the national convention of the A. G. U. The Belleville members Of the St, Louis' District delegs tion are Frank Sergent, L. R. Oster-haus, Harry Laeuffert and J. J. Gum-mersheimer. An attempt will be lv made at the national convention to remove the national headquarters of the A. G. U., from Indianapolis to St. Louis, a change which will be of Inestimable benefit to physical culture in Belleville, as the dose proximity of the national officials may be ex- , pected to act as a constant stimulus to gymnastic and athletic activities. Ws say God speed rto the Turners, as ws would to any organised movement devoted to the scientific development of stronger hoys and girls , and sounder men and women. 1 S L V J ' V

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