Transport: Bendix & Thompson

"If everyone takes off under these conditions, someone will get killed," snorted Colonel Roscoe Turner, stamping about in a heavy Los Angeles fog one night last week. With eight other pilots, he was awaiting the start of the dangerous Bendix Trophy Race across the nation to Cleveland in the opening event of the 15th annual National Air Races. Presently the fog began to lift, allowed the nine racers to take off in the dark. Last to roar down the field, just as dawn broke, was Pilot Cecil A. Allen, 33, alone in a...

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