Transport: On Top

Swain to Pezzi to Adam is not a baseball double play, but the briefest way of describing a contest which has lately raged in the substratosphere between England and Italy. Last autumn England's Squadron Leader F. D. R. Swain set a new world airplane altitude record of 49,944 ft. in a Bristol monoplane (TIME, Oct. 12). Two months ago Italy's Colonel Mario Pezzi boosted the record to 51,361 ft. in a Caproni biplane (TIME, May 17). Last week England's Lieutenant M. J. Adam flew Pilot Swain's Bristol to 53,937 ft. This rivalry...

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