AVIATION: Happy Hunting

For air travelers, it takes only six hours to fly from Chicago to Los Angeles. For Continental Air Lines, which next month flies the route regularly for the first time, the journey will have taken 20 years—with most of the progress made in the past five. In 1952 Continental was still an obscure regional trunk line serving a few Western cities. Today its routes cover nearly half the nation. Its net last year alone almost doubled to $710,426. When its first gleaming DC-7B sweeps down over Los Angeles, carrying coach-fare passengers in...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!