Aeronautics: Flights & Flyers, Jun. 12, 1933

Zilch. Lieut.-Commander Francis Monroe Hawks flew nonstop across the U. S. last week in 13½ hr., four hours faster than the previous nonstop record which he also held. Commander Hawks held the controls for a little less than one-third of the time—the first two hours out of Los Angeles, the last two hours before landing in Brooklyn. The rest of the time, the ship was guided by "Mr. Zilch," Commander Hawks's name for a robot pilot built by George De Besson, California engineer. Said Pilot Hawks: ''The only trouble was I got...

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