Religion: Sky Pilot

The men who built the U.S. Army Air Corps in the barnstorming, rube-buzzing days after World War I were a hard-living crew of swashbucklers. Jimmy Doolittle, Tooey Spaatz, Ira Eaker, Billy Mitchell and the rest would fly anywhere in anything, and go in under the telephone wires for good measure; they kept the corps on Page One, though in a way that might often give a 1957 hot pilot the cold sweats.

Lester J. Maitland was one of them. Blond, bumptious, and a first-class pilot. he was aide to General Billy Mitchell from 1921 to 1925. A month after Lindbergh flew the...

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