Transport: Ceiling Zero

At Kansas City the TWA dispatcher advised his line's famed Douglas Sky Chief, eastbound from Los Angeles, to try a landing at an emergency field 135 mi. to the north. For more than an hour Pilot Harvey Bolton cruised over Missouri, his radio transmitter dead, looking for a "hole" in the thick fog. His fuel was almost gone when, about 4 a.m., Pilot Bolton roused his eleven passengers with a shout of "Buckle your belts tight!" and nosed down for a blind landing.

The big transport picked its way between a farmhouse and...

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