Medicine: Why They Fly

What on earth, or over it, makes a man want to fly? There must be cogent reasons, and not all as lyrical as Icarus'. One answer has been given by the Army Air Forces' Colonel R. C. Anderson, who during the war had an unexcelled psychiatrist's-eye view as chief of neuropsychiatry at Randolph Field's School of Aviation Medicine. He offered his diagnosis before the Aero Medical Convention in Chicago. Some highlights:

"The boy plagued by inner doubts finds flying a proving ground where he can establish his worth to his own satisfaction.

"Flying offers an...

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