Science: Weather Measure

Unlike most airplane pilots, ex-Marine Reuben Snodgrass waits expectantly for bad weather. When the clouds crowd down, or sea fog rolls in over Long Island's MacArthur Field, Rube and his crew crank up the Sperry Gyroscope Co.'s DC-3 and take to the air.

Time after time, the flyers circle the field on instruments and slant into cautious approaches to the landing runway. An auto-pilot steers them along the ILS (Instrument Landing System) beam. But while they are making their automatic approach, Rube and his copilot keep up a constant chatter on the radio. They sing out when they first spot the ground,...

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