Pontoon-Hydroplane Promises Higher Speed [1930]

Pontoon-Hydroplane, 1930 Model of a Hydroplane, Which in Reality Consists of Three Small Hydroplanes Operating as a Unit; Drawing Shows How the Forward Pontoon Can Be Banked to Prevent Skidding
Pontoon-Hydroplane, 1930

Greater safety and stability and steep turns at high speed, without skidding or capsizing, are hoped for in a hydroplane designed by Thomas A. Edison Lake. The accompanying illustrations of a model show some of the chief features. The boat is really three shall hydroplanes, joined by a framework. There is three-point contact with the water, to help keep the craft on an even keel. Steering is done with the rear hull and, on quick turns, the two forward pontoons can be banked at an angle, in order to counteract any tendency to skidding.

(Reprinted from Popular Mechanics, October, 1930, pp. cover, 575)

 


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