A Horn for Airplanes

Invented by Charles Adler, Jr. of Baltimore and granted a patent in 1947.

I imagine the last thing you'd want to hear as your flight is cruising at 30,000 feet is the pilot suddenly honking the horn.

Though, of course, the horn was intended for small planes, not passenger jets.

Adler himself used it to nag his wife by flying low over his house and honking the horn so that she'd know to start preparing his dinner.

Massillon Evening Independent - Aug 1, 1946

     Posted By: Alex - Sun Apr 25, 2021
     Category: Inventions | Air Travel and Airlines | 1940s

W.C. Fields had one on the scooter he used in "The Big Broadcast of 1938", which allowed him to warn passengers on the cruise ship as he was landing after his eighteen holes of golf on the mainland. It's a delightful movie in case you haven't seen it.

Posted by KDP on 04/25/21 at 02:40 PM
Erm... no. No, the Jericho-Trompete was bad enough, thank you very much.
Posted by Richard Bos on 04/26/21 at 02:58 PM
@Richard...Figured the meaning of the phrase, BUT did not connect it to the Stuka. Found that by running a search. I agree with your sentiment wholeheartedly.
Posted by Steve E. on 04/26/21 at 04:09 PM
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