When Howard Robard Hughes took off from Floyd Bennett Field last week (see pp. 36, 43) engineers feared that he might be flying out into radio silence. There was sunspot trouble. Only a few-hours before the take-off RCA's mighty Riverhead, L. I., communication station had a complete wipe-out of shortwave signals. The Hughes route (a northern circle notably poor for radio transmission) did not look promising.

But hour after hour, as she crossed the Atlantic, the Hughes plane's KHBRC signal thundered down the ship's wake into Ground Radio Chief Charles Perrine's receivers at Flushing,...

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