Transport: Damn Fool's Job (Cont'd)

One of the last things Test Pilot James H. ("Jimmy") Collins did before his final, fatal power dive was to list the crack U.S. test pilots. High on his list was Lee Gehlbach of Great Lakes Aircraft Corp., whom Collins rated "one of the ablest in the field" (TIME, April 1). Few weeks ago able Pilot Gehlbach announced he would take Jimmy Collins' risky place testing a new Navy fighter for Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp. at Farmingdale, L. I.

What Pilot Collins thought of his profession was no secret. "It's a damn fool's job,"...

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