Aeronautics: About Midnight

The atmosphere at a big airport is always charged with some excitement. Even a little sport plane whizzing in from a pleasure hop makes visitors stand still and watch. At night, the red obstruction lights on outlying buildings and poles, the lower amber lights stretching around the field to mark it for invisible arrivals from the sky, and the beacon revolving like a spotlight groping for the actor, make a big airport such as Floyd Bennett Field into a gigantic theatre where mass drama can take place. There were easily 50,000 people in...

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