AIR: Ship Over Texas

For the seven men in the plane, the little lifetime that is a flight had begun at 6:30 a.m., in San Diego. If all went well it would end seven hours later at Corpus Christi, on the Gulf of Mexico, 1,200 miles across the plains and mountains of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas. Other Navy patrol bombers of the same type (Consolidated PBY) had made so many nonstop hops of 2,500 and 3,000 miles that this delivery flight from the factory was a routine matter. The ship, with its hull built only for...

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