AVIATION: Forced Landing Ahead?

As an air-minded youngster around Chicago, chunky George T. Baker bought an old plane and barnstormed around the Midwest and Florida. Later, in Miami, he started National Airlines, Inc. with one plane, and made money by doubling as mechanic, ticket salesman and hangar-sweeper. By 1944, when he was operating seven planes, the Civil Aeronautics Board was so impressed by his line that it awarded him such rich scheduled routes as the New York-Miami and Miami-Havana runs. Overnight the onetime feeder line became one of the potentially richest trunkline carriers in the U.S....

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