Adams, Eustace L

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(1891-1963) US editor and author who was in the American Ambulance Service and the U S Naval Service during World War One. In the 1930s he was a prolific contributor of aviation-linked tales to journals like Argosy. Most of his titles are tales for boys, the best-known of these being the Andy Lane series of Airplane Boys adventures, beginning with Fifteen Days in the Air (1928), in which his father's Invention of a new carburettor allows flights of unprecedented duration. In Over the Polar Ice (1928) and Racing Around the World (1928), the same invention makes further feats possible; The Runaway Airship (1929) – despite its title, heavier-than-air planes are involved (see also Airship Boys for distinction) – and Pirates of the Air (1929) feature mid-Atlantic floating landing platforms; On the Wings of Flame (1929) describes the successful development of a Rocket-driven plane, just as The Plane Without a Pilot (1930) describes an advanced autopilot; a flying wing takes Andy and his friends to South Africa in Wings of Adventure (1931); and Prisoner of the Clouds (1932), set in South America, features an all-metal dirigible. Through all these adventures, the characterization of Andy Lane as a charismatic hero reflects the influence of Charles A Lindbergh (1902-1974) on the genre (for background see again Airplane Boys); over and above his knightly aura, Andy also represents a late stage in the Edisonade model, operating as a good capitalist by advancing the fortunes of his corporation and publicizing the conquest of the air – as did Lindbergh – in terms specifically consistent with the American aspiration to establish a Pax Aeronautica through the power of commerce. [JC]

see also: Theodore Roscoe.

Eustace Lane Adams

born Saco, Maine: 12 July 1891

died Florida: 1 March 1963

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