Flight comes into its own with the proliferation of passenger air service!
Yes, the introduction of safe, stable aircraft is spurring a new global industry in passenger service. The appearance of amazingly large multi-motor civilian airliners such as the Junkers and Ford Tri-motor designs may finally push passenger aviation into the black and allow the common folk to travel by air [image from tusconrodeoparade.org]. Gone soon will be the days of cramped, cold open seats or leaky fabric-skinned charter flights. Service for ticketed passengers on scheduled regular flights, much like one would expect from a train or ship, will be the air travel model of the future!
With seating for a dozen passengers (wow!) and metal walls that keep the noise of the powerful 420 horsepower engines down to only about 85 decibels and the shake to a steady low vibration (you quickly get used to it with earplugs), the Ford Trimotor is a revolutionary aircraft. Mr. Ford promises it is "the safest airliner around" as well thanks to the redundancy of the three engines and the strength of the corrugated aluminum fuselage and all-metal construction. Even granny may soon be eager to step aboard for a lightning-fast three-day flight from New York to San Fransisco.
Even passenger ammenities are available! While in the air, passengers can enjoy such treats as a nice hot cup of coffee in a china cup or an inflight meal. Quite a step above the pilot handing you a thermos across the open cockpit, yes? Hold on to that cup, though, or it'll shake right off the tray!
And while you'd certainly love to calm your nerves through those occasional rough patches of choppy air with a stiff drink (such as the wholly not recommended illegal Leap Year cocktail I'll warn you not to make later in this broadcast) you'll just have to go without.
You'll also have to go without in-flight music until we can perfect a way to make a record not skip from the shake or they make a plane large enough to fit an orchestra. So listen instead to today's featured music and let the song stick in your head for the ride.
To this end we've invited the great Paul Whiteman and his orchestra to carry you up into My Blue Heaven. The man who brought us the Chareston lulls us up and away in this upbeat, crooning number sure to brighten even the cloudiest day up:
And now, that cocktail I warned you about. This concoction is a sweet take on a Martini that's so good at covering up the taste of bad bathtub gin that we are extra concerned that folks at home may abuse the contraband stuff by mixing up a:
Leap Year Cocktail:
[image from cocktails.about.com (c) Shannon Graham]
Be warned that stirring all of the above over ice and straining into a cocktail glass with a lemon twist garnish would create a seductively tasty cocktail that might tempt you to violate the law, so please, stick to coffee, folks!
Until next time, happy flights, my friends!