Transport: Sandbag Records

Of the world's major aviation records, two (speed, altitude) are held by Italy, the other two (distance, land-speed) by France. Lately U. S. Senator William Gibbs McAdoo, as president of the National Aeronautic Association, became excited over the fact that the U. S., which flies more passenger-miles than all the rest of the world combined, holds virtually no records of any importance.

Last week two pilots set out in a famed Douglas to collect more minor records for the U. S. Droning for 18½ hr. over a triangular closed course, the plane—loaded with sandbags...

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