A Letter From The Publisher, Jun. 14, 1971

TIME'S first issue, dated March 3, 1923, included an Aeronautics section. Despite the aviation industry's youth, there was no shortage of news. Items:

— A device praised by an enthusiastic Thomas Alva Edison as "the first successful helicopter" set a record at McCook's Field in Dayton by remaining aloft for two minutes, 45 seconds.

—The British Air Ministry was building the first "Aerial Dreadnought," or seaplane.

—French Pilot Sadi Lecointe set a new world speed record (averaging 233.01 m.p.h.) over a four-kilometer course.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt and Marshall Field were among a handful of...

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