Transport: Rueful Receiver

Honest, middle-aged Tom E. Braniff was dejected as he stood before a luncheon gathering of aviation's bigwigs one day last week at Manhattan's Hotel Pennsylvania. Subdued and solemn, he accepted for Braniff Airways, Inc. the National Safety Council's 1938 award for middle-sized U. S. airlines. For seven years the line had operated without a passenger fatality. But well did sad Tom Braniff and all at the luncheon know that a few days before the award's presentation (but some weeks after it had been voted) one of his Chicago-Dallas airliners had cracked up just...

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