AERONAUTICS: Dangerous Gypsies

In its annual report for 1922 the Aeronautical Chamber of Commerce states that 1200 civilian airplanes were operated throughout the United States. Half of these were operated by established companies, with definite financial responsibility, good fields, repair shops, a system of inspection and skilled, experienced pilots. Twelve accidents and injury to seven persons are debited to these companies in the greatest year of flying in American aviation. But the "gypsy" pilots, young, inexperienced men who buy obsolete Government equipment for a few hundred dollars a plane, neglect repairs, fly anywhere and secure...

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