The fog-topped Alleghenies have been the chief obstacle to a direct air passenger service between New York and Chicago. Last week National Air Transport, doubtless spurred by the opening of Transcontinental & Western Air's coast-to-coast line (TIME, Nov. 3), announced passenger service to begin Dec. 1 over its radio-marked mail route from New York via Cleveland and Toledo to Chicago. In trimotored Fords, streamlined and otherwise "cleaned-up" to cruise at 125 m.p.h., passengers and mail will make the westward flight in eight hours. Boosted along by prevailing winds, the eastbound planes should take...

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