By Ruth Ann Ingraham
The mid-1920s to the mid-1950s have been Cornish’s such a lot energetic years in aviation. in the course of that interval, sod runways gave strategy to asphalt and urban; navigation developed from the iron rail compass to radar; runways that when have been defined at evening with cans of oil crowned off with flaming gas now shimmered with multicolored electrical lighting fixtures; rather than being stuffed subsequent to mailbags in open-air cockpits, passengers sat with ease in streamlined, pressurized cabins. within the early section of that period, Cornish played aerobatics and received air races. He went directly to run a full-service flying enterprise, served as leader pilot for the fortress Wayne News-Sentinel, controlled the city’s municipal airport, helped video display and hold secure skies above the continental usa in the course of global battle II, and directed Indiana’s first Aeronautics Commission.
Dedicating his existence to flight and its many ramifications, Cornish helped consultant the practical improvement of aviation because it grew from infancy to adulthood. via his many own reports, the tale of flight nationally is performed out.
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Clarence "Cap" Cornish was once an Indiana pilot whose lifestyles spanned all yet 5 years of the Century of Flight. Born in Canada in 1898, Cornish grew up in castle Wayne, Indiana. He all started flying on the age of 19, piloting a "Jenny" plane in the course of global battle I, and endured to fly for the following seventy-eight years.
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In 1934 Cornish was selected by the Fort Wayne Board of Aviation Commissioners to manage the Paul Baer Municipal Airport. For the next seven years, the facility thrived and expanded under his leadership. When it appeared that the United States would soon be forced to join the fighting in World War II, however, his talents were needed elsewhere. Much had been learned about the use of airpower for military purposes since the First World War, and when Cap was called back to active duty in 1941, he had the opportunity to serve and protect his country as chief of the Flight Operations Division of the Army Air Forces.
20 Clarence communicates by wireless telegraphy from his home in 1915. (Author’s collection) There were some setbacks during those years. Cornish related this story about an incident that alarmed his parents: When we lived on Packard Avenue I recall I had a big flattop antenna out in the backyard that ran from the house out to the barn, and this big flattop antenna was just parallel over the wires that brought the power into the house. The folks had just bought a brand new solid oak dining room set, and it had an Irish linen cloth on the table.
Lighter aircraft are faster and more maneuverable, and they can travel farther on less fuel, so the goal was to minimize the weight of the engine and maximize the amount of horsepower that it could generate. In 1914, the ordinary airplane motor weighed 437 pounds and delivered 112 horsepower, for a weight-to-power ratio of almost 4:1. 8 pounds per horsepower and offered improved speed. The supercharger, another important invention, provided compressed air to the engines, making it possible to fly at up to forty thousand feet.