Transport: Hero

Flying the mail out of St. Paul one night four years ago, Pilot Mal Bryan Freeburg of Northwest Airlines spied a flaming railroad trestle, flagged a crack passenger express to a stop with his emergency landing flares, saved many a life including that of Golfer Robert Tyre ("Bobby") Jones Jr. For that feat he received a gold watch from the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy R. R., $100 from the Chicago Daily News.

Two years later Pilot Freeburg was flying eight passengers to Chicago in a trimotored Ford when an outboard propeller broke. Vibration...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!