Frank Hawks Inside Low Wing Monoplane
(Original Caption) Hawks To Fly 'Robot' Plane. Lt. Commander Frank Hawks, famous speed pilot, is scheduled to hop off at 4:30 tomorrow morning from the Municipal Airport on a new kind of aerial adventure--a nonstop flight to New York in a robot plane. The plane, Sky Chief, a fourteen-cylinder, low wing monoplane, propelled by a 750.H.P. motor and capable of a 260-mile-an-hour speed at high altitudes, will be used by Hawks. The actual piloting of the air speedster will be left entirely in the sensitive mechanical hands of an automat, a robot perfected by George De Besson, 36. The device was tested by Hawks, recently, and he declared that it worked perfectly.
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01 June, 1933
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