Transport: First Flight

Mr. Charles Clifford Bane is 46, married, has one son and a shoe business in Washington, D. C. Until last week, when he enplaned (see p. 16) on an Eastern Airliner for the 80-minute trip from Newark to Washington, he had never been in an airplane before.

With an 80-m.p.h. wind blowing and other scheduled flights out of Newark canceled three hours before, Mr. Bane, Philip King—a Maritime Commission worker—a steward, a co-pilot and Pilot Fred Jones took off in a twin-motored Douglas at 8:30 p.m. Aboard were 510 gallons of gasoline, sufficient for...

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