National Affairs: Hit the Beach

With heavy weather across the land this week, airlines were in deep trouble.

American Airlines confidently thought that Pilot John E. Boothe could push his scheduled DC-3 flight through from New York to Los Angeles. He got in & out of Baltimore all right, but Washington was shrouded in swirling snow. Refused permission to land, Boothe took his 13 passengers in search of an open airfield. By the time he got back to Baltimore, that was closed. Philadelphia soon shut down. So did New York. Boothe thought of trying Westover, Mass.

But by then he was running out of gas. Droning low over...

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