TRANSPORT: Ceiling 300

When a white light flamed to full intensity on the instrument board of Eastern Air Lines Trip 21—New York to Brownsville—slim, 30-year-old Pilot Jim Perry knew that below him in the night was Stone Mountain. Not far from the radio fan marker that set the bulb alight, the unfinished stone faces of Gutzon Borglum's Confederate Memorial were sweaty with fog and rain. Atlanta's Candler Field was only twelve miles away. It was 11:37 p.m.

Jim Perry reported his position by radio, got the Atlanta weather from the tower. It was no bargain. The cloud base was only 300 feet off...

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