Army pilots receive 50% extra pay. They deserve it. In 1923, they flew 9,093,360 miles and lost 18 lives—one fatality per 505,192 mi. This is a tremendously improved showing over early service records, but still not nearly so good as that of the Air Mail. The reason is: Air Mail pilots fly steadily along, like bus or locomotive drivers, they do no "stunts"; for Army men, stunting, tricky combat training and bomb dropping are all in a day's work.


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