Germans Had Seadrome

That seadrome proposal, recently publicized by Penn Central Airlines, calls attention to the fact that an ocean landing field was constructed some ten years ago in Germany and used in a popular film, FP-1 Does Not Answer. This seadrome floated in the Baltic for about two years, where it was towed from spot to spot by an old freighter. The flight deck was about 650 ft long and was successfully used by single-engine Junkers planes during the shooting of the film.

It rode out many a storm and while not anchored at the great depths proposed for the ocean type, it proved to be steady and reliable in most kinds of weather.

The Germans are planning erection of factories and hydroelectric plants to turn Croatian bauxite into aluminum. It is said one plant would have a capacity of 100,000 tons.

These news clips were originally published in the "Aviation Abroad" column of the July, 1943, issue of Aviation magazine, vol 42, no 7, p 300.