AVIATION: Two Days Less to Rio

On a plateau high above the vast, unexplored forests of central Brazil last week workmen were putting the finishing touches to a brand-new Pan American Airways airport. What seagoing Pan Am was doing so far from the seacoast was best explained by a sheaf of papers on the desk of Brazil's Dictator-President Getulio Vargas, awaiting his signature. Signed, they would permit Pan Am to lop two days off its five-day, 5,777-mile run from Miami down to Rio de Janeiro.

Month ago Pan Am put its fast new Boeing Stratoliners (land planes) on...

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