National Affairs: Down to Earth

For the first time in the air age a pilots' strike grounded a major U.S. airline. It involved 1,100 members of the exclusive Air Line Pilots Association (A.F.L.), forced Transcontinental & Western Air, Inc. to cancel flights over 28,270 miles of foreign and domestic routes.

The long-hovering wage dispute (TIME, Feb. 4) included demands for 29.1% more pay to handle T.W.A.'s fast, four-motored Skymasters and Constellations. Among the union's golden boys (senior pilots now earn around $10,000 yearly) the raises would spell real money.

At New York's LaGuardia Field, striking pilots kept tabs from an automobile parked near the runway; but a picket...

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