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Models and a L-29 Cord Promote B.F. Goodrich Airplane Tires

The airplane was developed at the same time as the automobile and just as is the case with car tires, in the 1929 and 1930 aircraft tire development followed its earthbound counterpart.

The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company introduced the first “Airwheel,” a balloon tire and wheel combo for airplanes in August of 1929. This 1930 BF Goodrich Company promotional photo was used to promote its “Silvertown” version of the tire with a bevy of beauties and a stylish and up-to-date “L-29” Cord front wheel drive sedan. The tire promotion was pictured at the introduction of a Fokker airplane by Western Air Express at a Southern, CA airport.

The photo is courtesy of the University of Southern California Libraries.  The bottom photo shows the Fanchon & Marco Fanchonettes chorus line performing on a Fokker F-32 Aircraft courtesy of Vintage Air.

L29 Cord Goodrich Silvertown Airplane Tire

  • Models and a L-29 Cord with a Goodrich tire at a Fokker Airplane introduction in the Los Angeles area.
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  • Fanchon & Marco Fanchonettes chorus line perform on a wing of a Fokker F-32 Aircraft.

Folker F-32 Into Chorus Line


16 responses to “Models and a L-29 Cord Promote B.F. Goodrich Airplane Tires

  1. That must have been some event. There are people standing on the roof. The Center driving light on the Cord appears to turn with the steering. Is that a factory installed item or an aftermarket part?
    Thanks for the superb website.

      • Not a Trippe, but indeed a Pilot Ray… aftermarket accessory lights made in Pasadena, California. These came in single light (as shown) or duals. And yes, they turned side-to-side with the front steering of any vehicle on which they were installed.

    • Western Air Express flew out of Alhambra from 1930 until 1932 when they moved operations to Glendale.

      I believe the photo with the dancing girls on the F-32 was taken at the dedication of the Alhambra facility April 17, 1930.

      Internet search for “Dedication of Western Air Express terminal” to find a recent Los Angeles Times story on the events on 1930. 10,000 visitors, dancing girls and a Goodyear Blimp (Volunteer).

  2. This looks like one of the two Fokker F32 owned by Western Air.

    One of which ended up as Bob’s Air Mail Service Station at 5453 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles before the 1930s were over.

  3. If you notice, all the ladies are barefooted. No dancing shoes to punch through the fabric on the wing!

    • The Fokker was the pioneer constructor of aircraft built of metal so no fabric except on control surfaces. Corrugated duraluminum was used on these aircraft. The Ford Tri-Motor was of similar construction.

      • I’m sorry David, but Fokker did not produce any metal aircraft until after WW II. In fact the wooden construction was the main reason for its rapid disappearance from the American skies. In Europe they lasted some years longer, but after the introduction of the Douglas DC-2 their days were numbered.
        The real pioneer of metal aircraft was Junkers, who built its first aircraft in 1916 – indeed of corrugated duraluminium construction. This is the construction Ford used as well for its Tri-Motor. Junkers used this method until the mid-1930s, when they gradually moved into using non-corrugated skins.

  4. All the girls in the chorus line were fired except the 4th girl from the left. Her father owned the company that used the chorus girls.

  5. When I moved into the Susanville Cal. area in 1970, there was a L29 sedan parked on the street. The ACD Club knows the where-about of about 100 L29s of all body styles. I believe they produced about 3,200 1930-1932. They
    just don’t make planes with chorus lines, like they used to!

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