AVIATION: Air Authority

On Feb. 11, 1942, one Andrew D. Drumm Jr. flew his private plane from his own field in Fallon, Nev. to Bishop, Calif. He had no clearance, no pilot's license. When challenged upon landing, he asserted that Civil Aeronautics Administration regulations did not apply to him. His arguments: he had been flying for 20 years, did not use CAA facilities, was not engaged in commerce. CAA inspectors ignored all this, ordered him grounded.

But rugged Individualist Drumm thumbed his nose at the authorities, went on flying wherever his construction business took him. To him, the red nonoperating tag on his...

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