AVIATION: After You, Magellan

Every 15 'minutes a plane operated by the Army's indefatigable Air Transport Command lumbers free of the earth and begins a trans-Pacific flight. In one recent eight-day period these planes hauled 18.4 million lbs. of cargo over A.T.C.'s 42,000-mile Pacific airways. Passenger and cargo volume is three times that of a year ago.

These arresting facts stood out bright as airport beacons last week as 13 companies petitioned the Civil Aeronautics Board for a share of the postwar Pacific air routes. The principal contenders for future Pacific routes were already old hands at flying the ocean, under...

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