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NATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR AERONAUTICS.
TECHNICAL MEMORANDUM NO. 536.
FIRE PREVENTION ON AIRPLANES.*
By J. Sabatier.
Fear of fire certainly contributes to the turning away of
many people from aviation. The violence of the fire, its immedi-
ate effects, the difficulty of giving efficient help, strike the
imagination of those who are, or believe themselves to be, ex-
posed to these dangers. Why does fire threaten airplanes more
than any other vehicle? Because they carry large amounts of
gasoline which, in contact with the surrounding air, produces
explosive mixtures, and because of the relatively great risk of
leakage and spilling of gasoline on airplanes.
Problem of the Elimination of Gasoline
The idea which immediately comes into one's mind for reme-
dying the above danger, is to eliminate gasoline and to replace
it by a less dangerous fuel. Numerous attempts have been made
in this connection during the last five or six years, along the
following two principal lines.
*"Etude sur les Moyens d'Eviter les Incendies & Bord des Avions"
from Bulletin Technique (Service Technique et Industriel de
1'Ae'rcnautique), No. 56, Jan., 1929. Reproduced by permission
of the author.
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