National Affairs: Biggest Field

"Much air has passed through the slipstream," said Secretary of War Dwight Filley Davis last week, "since the Wright Brothers flew a weird contraption over the sand dunes at Kitty Hawk, N. C." As he spoke, Secretary Davis was standing on a rolling plain in the Miami Valley, near Dayton, Ohio. Hard by was the scene of the Wright Bros.' later efforts and perfections in flying. Secretary Davis was there to dedicate 4,500 acres lying around him—gift of public-spirited Daytonians to the U. S.— as the army's biggest flying field and official materiel headquarters, to...

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