Aeronautics: Blind Pilot

Blind Pilots

A blanket of soupy fog swept suddenly in over San Diego one evening last week, swallowed a group of 14 Navy planes soaring over the city. Twelve of the planes, Boeing fighters, were up from North Island Naval Air Station. Two, Vought Corsairs, were from U. S. S. Detroit. None was radio-equipped. Few of the pilots were specially trained for enforced blind flight.

After groping in the swirling mist until their fuel ran low, one Boeing after another came down. Some found North Island; others reached Lindbergh Field across the bay; some...

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