National Geographic : 1944 Sep
Vigil in the Age of Flight Scientists in aviation's research laboratories never take their eyes off the future. In the arclight of the spectrograph the ele mentary composition of a substance is re vealed and photographed on film . . . The X-ray diffraction camera takes pictures of chemical structures ... Electric furnaces test steels in fire . .. And strange devices torture metals and woods to ascertain their strength. Technicians at Fairchild use these and other tools constantly in their search for new ap plications, and in their control of quality. On their findings may depend an increase in power for Ranger aircraft engines-may de- pend the design for a new plane to be built for a special purpose with new materials. Fairchild planes are renowned for their flying characteristics . . . their stability and ease of control. Inverted Ranger engines, inline, aircooled, are noted for their smooth, compact power. Both planes and engines earned their reputations because of a fundamental Fairchild philosophy-painstaking research and engineering excellence. The scientists behind Fairchild doors marked "EXPERIMENTAL-Restricted Area" are, through continuing research, keeping "the touch of tomorrow in the planes of today." BUY U. S . WAR BONDS AND STAMPS S 't'AIRCHILD ENGINE AND AIRPLANE CORPORATION 30 ROCKEFELLER PLAZA, NEW YORK 20, N. Y. Ranger Aircraft Engines Division, Farmingdale, L.I . . Fairchild Aircraft Division, Hagerstown, Md.... Burlington, N.C. * Duramold Division, New York, N.Y . Subsidiary, Al-Fin Corporation, New York, N.Y . * Affiliated; Stratos Corporation, New York, N. Y.