A Letter From The Publisher: Jan. 19, 1970

IN its issue of July 4, 1927, TIME

saluted Giuseppe Mario Bellanca on its cover and told of a fabulous airplane he had designed that would transport twelve passengers nonstop between New York and Chicago in the incredibly short space of 7½ hours. The story reported that Bellanca, in Tennyson's words, "saw the heavens fill with commerce, argosies of magic sails ..." The years since have seen Bellanca's vision come true beyond measure, and at each step along the way TIME has told of the men and machines that turned the dreams into reality.

Our first Man of the Year (Jan. 2, 1928),...

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