Aeronautics: Herndon v. Liberty

In July, 1931 Hugh Herndon Jr., youthful Manhattan socialite, and Clyde Edward Pangborn, hard-bitten barnstormer, took off from New York City for a speed flight around the world. They finished it in October, following a series of misadventures in Japan where they were arrested for traversing forbidden military territory. They distinguished themselves as the first flyers to cross the Pacific nonstop, a feat which has not been duplicated. Soon after their return Pilot Pangborn broke into print with a grievance against his partner, alleging that Herndon had forced him into a disadvantageous contract...

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