Aeronautics: Out of Pocket

At Byrd Field, Va. six enlisted Air Corps men shivered in a drafty hangar, cooked their meals over an outdoor fire, slept on bare mattresses.

At Langley Field, Va. the Red Cross provided food for the families of Air Corps soldiers.

In Atlanta, a flush Air Corps captain lent $1,200 to penniless enlisted men.

In Newark, an Army flyer lent $400 to his strapped confreres.

Hotels and restaurants gave credit until they could give no more to Army flyers without money away from home.

A radio operator from Chicago, flying with the mail, went for...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!