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Cincinnati Aviation Heritage Society & Museum

Preserving aviation's past for future generations.

Embry Riddle

Made Lunken their base of operations beginning in 1925.  Inaugurated AM 24 on 17 Dec 1927 between Cincinnati and Chicago with 6 Waco 10's carrying passengers, Mail and Express. This service ended Sept. 1929 when it went to AVCO.

Here's an article from Embry Riddle's house publication called 'Sky Traffic' in February 1929:


Can You Imagine What Will Be Happening Then

Would-be prophets declare that within 100 years, we will be traveling 1,000 miles an hour, eating nothing but concentrated food in tablets, driving on streets built on five or six levels in the cities.

And Lord Birkenhead says that within 100 years, babies will be made by chemists in laboratories.

Let'em. Who cares? That's 100 years from now. None of us will be here to check up on such prophecies.

But 15 years from now is a different matter. Who can prophecy what will be happening in aviation in 1944? All of us can hazard a guess. If you are an expert in matters aeronautical, your guess probably would be more logical than that of the layman. But the layman's imagination frequently is more active than the expert's.

The Embry-Riddle Company wants to know you think will be the case in aviation 15 years hence. For that purpose, a contest is announced in this issue of Sky Traffic. Gold prizes are to be awarded to the 10 best essays on the subject of "Aviation In 1944." The rules are simple, and no restrictions except as to the limit of the essay are laid down.

Neither will any restrictions be laid down on the judge who is to decide the winners. He may award a prize to the most intelligent paper discussing the subject in what he considers the most logical manner. Another prize may be awarded to some young brilliant with an imagination rivaling Jules Verne's. And another to some contestant who merely records a dream on the subject. The judge will be directly neutral, but he will be a man who knows aviation. His name will be announced in the March issue of Sky Traffic.

There is no ulterior motive back to the contest. The Embry-Riddle Company does not plan to cash in on the answers by building the kind of planes the contestants write about, or inaugurating the new airline described, or hiring the super pilots described before anybody else

can get to them, We merely want our readers to enjoy the papers, and enjoy them ourselves.

The beautiful part is that in 15 years when we are doing all the things the "prophets" say we will be doing, we can look back and check over the prophecies. So the show will have an epilogue. No doubt some of the prophecies will be too far advanced. Some will be much too conservative. At any rate we'll be living 15 years from now, and we won't be living when babies are turned out of laboratory test tubes.

In other words, Birkenhead is safe. But those who write essays in this contest are risking their reputations as prophets. But who cares? We'll have fun taking the risk.

This is the idea of the contest: In 1903, Orville Wright made the first powered flight. He flew 120 feet in about 30 seconds and attained a height of 10 feet.

After 25 years of development, we have flown 350 miles an hour.  4,500 miles without landing. 150 hours in the air without landing, climbed to a height of 8 miles above the earth, and lifted loads totaling 11 tons. That has happened in 25 years.

What will happen in the next 15 years? It's a guess, but it may prove interesting.

You may want to discuss the extension of operating lines during the next 15 years. You may want to tell what the 1944 airplane will look like and what it will carry and at what speed. You may want to draw a word picture of a 1944 city with its aviation activities.

There are no restrictions. Write about the subject that appeals to you.

Station WLW, operated by the Crosley Radio Corporation, will cooperate in the contest. Details will be announced over that station and as papers come in, excerpts will be read, to give prospective contestants indications of "how the winds are blowing."

Embry-Riddle at the time of this article Operated Contract Air Mail Route 24, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Chicago and carried Air Mail, Passengers and Express. They were distributors of Weaver Aircraft Company (Waco) of Troy, Ohio, Monocoupe and Fairchild airplanes. They represented Fairchild Aerial Surveys, Inc. as well. as The Embry-Riddle Flying School, Air Taxi Service and Local Passenger Flights.

Waco GXE

A Weaver Aircraft Company WACO GXE

Charles E. Planck, editor of Sky Traffic had a little prophecy of his own that reverberates in 2001. He wrote: "The day when a few ex-wartime fliers and aviation enthusiasts comprised the aviation interest of any city or town is past. Any municipal governing body not actively interested in the possibilities of aviation in respect to its city, is ultra conservative and lacks foresight. When dollars become interested, an industry has just about arrived. Millions are being added monthly to the tremendous sum already invested in aviation enterprises."