Transport: Trip to Mars

Among U. S. citizens who listened, hair-on-end, to Actor Orson Welles's Martian newscast (TIME, Nov. 7) was a doddypolled 22-year-old airplane mechanic named Cheston Lee Eshleman. More piqued than panicked, he got an idea. He wanted to pay the Martians a return visit, stake out a refuge for "harmless people" during the next war. Secretly, he wrote to Britain for maps and other information that would be useful in a transatlantic flight.

Chief problem was how to fly there. He had serviced many a plane but had never piloted one. Mechanic Eshleman forthwith took...

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