Saturday, August 29, 2009

Ypsilanti plane bids submitted

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Tuesday, August 18, 1934.

The Hammond Aircraft Corporation of Ypsilanti was one of 13 airplane manufacturers whose bids for the sale of 25 airplanes to the U. S. Commerce Department were announced today at Washington.

The Safety Air Transport Company, of Indianapolis, Ind., was lowest with a quotation of $750 a plane and the Church Airplane Company of Chicago, was second with a bid of $1,695 each. The Hammond Corporation bid $3,190. The highest was $6,695 each made by the Amphibians Inc., of Roosevelt Field.

Secretary of Commerce Roper, who opened the bids, observed that the prices were comparable to those of automobiles.

Dean R. Hammond of the local corporation left Washington today after submitting blue prints of the plane on which he bid. He is expected home Wednesday morning.

The model of the proposed ship has been tested in the wind tunnel at the University of Michigan and found to be satisfactory. This model is made of wood and resembles a very advanced type of bomber. It is a monoplane with twin tail structures and is streamlined in every detail.

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