A 1940s Film on Civil Aviation in the U.S. Sport flying and “pleasure planeing… along the limitless highways of the skies. Compact little monoplanes, ranging in price from $1,200–2,000.”

6-Ship Formation Takeoff

Flying a plane like this is not a rich man’s sport. Flying club members cut upkeep costs by doing most of their own maintenance work. These little excursion craft have a cruising range of only 350 miles, and top speed of only 90. But they’re easy to handle and can land on anything that’s level.

Beach landing

Quick to respond, the controls allow instant correction of any mistake on the part of the pilot. When the wind is in the whispering quarter, hundreds of these cruising clubs following the sport of the spinning blades. Theirs is the vagabond spirit that transforms a sandy sea beach into a temporary tarmac. (Members of the Long Island Aviation Club are shown headed out on a flying field trip. The Club was based in Hicksville, NY, but eliminated after World War II with the development of a large suburban housing development in Levittown, NY.)

Pictured here are Piper J-3, Taylor J-2 and a Taylor E-2 Cubs.

Original description of the 1940s film: The pastime of aviation is shown, and the development of the sport in different sections of the country among enthusiasts. All sorts and types of flyers are shown, from a gent who uses a barn as a hangar for his plane, to the luxury passenger plane of Gar Wood which he uses to fly from his Florida estate to his office in Detroit. This is a very entertaining short, indicating the development of general flying at an early date among many classes of people for all sorts of pleasure and business purposes. Produced by Frederic Ullman Jr.

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