AVIATION: To the Americas

At Mexico City's Central Airport a crowd of 15,000 wildly cheered the landing of a shiny, reconverted Douglas DC-3. The big transport had just made the first flight over Mexico's newest airline—Aerovias Braniff, S.A.

By modern standards Aerovias would be rated as a puny operation. It has a lone DC-3 in service, another in the shops being converted from an Army transport. Its single line from Mexico City north to Nuevo Laredo on the Rio Grande is only 569 miles long, takes only four and a half hours to fly. It will have...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!