National Affairs: Time to Retire

One day in 1929, a trimotored Fokker monoplane bearing the name Question Mark took off and began swinging in lazy circles over Southern California. Every few hours, night & day, a second plane rose up, jockeyed a hose into position on the droning Fokker, poured gas into its thirsty tanks. After six days, the Fokker glided back to earth. Its bone-tired pilots, among them a stocky, ruddy-skinned Army lieutenant named Elwood Richard Quesada, * had just hung up a world's endurance record.

A hot, throttle-busting flyer, Quesada won his wings in 1925, studied...

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