SHOW BUSINESS: The Loud Blue Yonder

To most drive-in movie operators, a nearby military base means a box-office bonanza. But not to Delbert Kinsel, proprietor of the Skyborn Cruise-In at Fairborn, Ohio. Every time a jet from busy Wright-Patterson Air Force Base howled overhead, it drowned out the sound track and rattled the patrons' teeth. To no avail, Kinsel asked the base commander to keep his planes on the ground at night. Once, in desperation, he even sent season passes to all Wright-Patterson pilots, innocently assuming that they would rather see a movie than fly...

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