Aeronautics: Coming Down in Chairs

Pilot P. G. Stevens glanced aft at the four passengers in his Buhl Airsedan over Santa Ana, Calif, one day last week, then gave a lever a yank. Instantly steel arms gripped the front pair of passengers. A door alongside each flipped outward. The steel arms swung each passenger, chair & all, to the end of a davit clear of the ship. Automatic trips released the chairs and down they dropped, dragging after them parachutes which had been stowed into the bottom of the fuselage. Three seconds later the pilot yanked again and...

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