Aeronautics: Second Try

With a shrug of resignation the dispatcher at Le Bourget airdrome switched off the floodlights which had blazed through the night. From Tempelhof weary newsmen dragged themselves off to bed. At Croydon the telephone operator made a last effort to raise remote stations, silent because of Whitsunday. At Floyd Bennett Field, New York, pessimism deepened to despair. It was 40 hours since Jimmie Mattern had rocketed off the mile-long concrete runway, and there was no word of his landing. His fuel must have run out at least ten hours ago.

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