Letters, May 9, 1949

Bailing Out

Sir:

Your spelling [TIME, April 18] of baling wire as "bailing wire" is haywire. Baling wire is commonly known as hay wire and the term "haywire" originates from the fact that when a thing is repaired with baling wire it usually remains haywire—although this was not true of the Pittsburgh Pirates last year ... In any case, "bailing wire" is haywire and baling wire is the true hay wire.

REX F. CLARKE

San Francisco, Calif.

> Hay! Hay!—ED.

Plane-Bullet Speed

Sir:

There is something that is quite puzzling to me . . . after reading about Test Pilot Yeager [TIME, April 18], Suppose a plane...

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