The Modock and the Oozlefinch
When discussing Brigadier General James H. Doolittle [TIME, June 1], you state: "He was an early member of the Quiet Birdmen, the group of flyers who set themselves apart from the kiwi, an almost extinct flightless bird, and from the 'Modock,' legendary aviation term for a 'bird that flies backwards to keep the dust out of its eyes.' "
We believe TIME has erred. On Feb. 20, 1942, long before TIME mentioned "backward" birds, The Range Finder, Camp Callan publication, presented the "Oozlefinch," mascot of the Coast Artillery, which...