TRANSPORT: Shockingly Obvious

Over Georgia's Muscogee County Airport, nine miles northeast of Columbus, a twin-engined plane circled and headed in for a landing. At the controls sat Delta Air Lines operations vice president, George R. Gushing, 48, a veteran pilot. Gushing and seven other Delta men (including Legal Adviser Lindley W. Camp, 52, longtime political crony of the late Gene Talmadge) were inspecting a network of newly acquired Georgia-Texas routes.

But the Delta plane was not alone in the sunny morning sky over the field. In for a landing, too, came a small private plane piloted by...

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