Transport: Miss & Mail

World's first woman transport pilot was Ruth Nichols, who two years ago flew passengers regularly between New York and Boston. Not until last week, however, did any woman fly the U. S. airmail. On its regular Washington-Detroit mail & passenger run Central Airlines put as co-pilot Helen Richey of Pittsburgh, co-holder (with the late Mrs. Frances Harrell Marsalis) of the world's refueling endurance flight record for women (9 days 21 hr. 42 min.). Spinster Richey, 25, carried seven passengers, a big load of mail & express, on her first transport flight.


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