The typical smoke generator consists of a pressurized container holding a low
viscosityoil such as Chevron/Texaco "Canopus 13" (formerly "Corvus Oil"). The oil is injected into the hot exhaust manifoldcausing it to vaporize into a huge amount of dense white smoke.
Skywriting is never a permanent process.
Windand dispersal of the smoke cause the writing to blur, usually within a few minutes. However special "skytyping" techniques have been developed to write in the sky in a dot-matrixfashion, and are legible for longer despite the inevitable blurring effect caused by wind.
Despite its transient nature, skywriting has an obvious visual impact and can be considered a form of
In a 1926 letter to "The New York Times" one Albert T. Reid wrote::A newspaper paragraph says skywriting was perfected in England in 1919 and used in the United States the next year. Art Smith, who succeeded Beachey in flying exhibitions at the
Panama-Pacific Expositionin San Francisco in 1915, after the latter had been killed, did skywriting, always ending his breathtaking stunts by writing "Good night." This was not a trial exhibition but a part of every flight, and was always witnessed by thousands. ["Skywriting in 1915," "The New York Times," October 9th, 1926, p. 16]
Skytypers Air Show Team
* [http://www.skytypers.com Skytypers website.]
* [http://www.archive.org/details/SkyBillb1935 Skywriting video.]
* [http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/skywriting.html How does skywriting and skytyping work?]
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