AERONAUTICS: Yellow Giant

Imagine a gigantic yellow bird, with wingspread of 67 feet, weighing some 6,000 pounds, carrying an additional load of 11,000 pounds. Imagine that bird losing necessary flying speed a few feet above the ground, trying to land in a marsh at 70 miles per hour. In such a bird, last week, were Lieut. Commander Noel Davis and Lieut. Stanton Hall Wooster, crack flyers of the U. S. Navy. They were making their last test flight in the trimotored American Legion, preparatory to attempting a non-stop jump from the U. S. to Paris. Loaded...

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