AVIATION: Small-Town Big-Timer

By Humboldt Bay in northern California lies Arcata, the "world's foggiest airport." Arcata is "socked in" by rain or fog so often (97 days a year) that the U.S. armed forces have made it a base for their all-weather flying experiments, equipped the field with blind landing instruments (both G.C.A. and I.L.S.) and Fido (fog-dispersing oil burners). Through the soup over Arcata one day last December, a Southwest Airways DC-3 made the world's first blind landing with all three systems on a scheduled commercial run. Since then, Southwest, a ten-plane "feeder" line...

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