Transport: Adventure's End

Los Angeles last week celebrated the homecoming of Douglas Gorce Corrigan, who few months before left a workaday mechanic's job to flivver off into the sky, blarneyed his way to Dublin and back and became the most fabulous escapist of his time. Back down from the sky, he came, after a triumphal tour of 44 cheering cities, looking as modest as Lindbergh, when he stepped out of his little ship at Glendale airport.

But then strange things started to happen. "Drive slower, so everybody can see," the chauffeur heard Corrigan say as the...