AERONAUTICS: Fliers, Flights

When her bathroom scales read exactly 103 pounds, Elizabeth B. Patterson, Smith College student at Northampton, Mass., decided the cheapest way to get home to Santa Barbara, Calif., was to ship herself by air mail. Officials paid tribute to her wit, ingenuity, nerve, but turned down her offer of $300 and reminded her the charge per passenger for such a trip is $1,000.

Before incredulous experts, Capt. Geoffrey De Havilland took his Moth up over London, stalled his engine at a height of 200 feet, and deliberately crashed to the ground of Staglane Airdrome....