Army & Navy: Test Pilot No. I

Over Seattle a big Boeing bomber was in trouble. Fire whipped from an engine nacelle, was extinguished, burst out again. Four men jumped. Too late. On Boeing Field, cleared of traffic when the fire was reported by radio, firemen waited for the plane to come in. There was not enough time. The bomber, now low in the air, dived down flaming, crashed into the Frye packing plant, where employes were at lunch.

In those few moments, 32 died, eleven from the bomber's crew, 21 in the flaming ruins of the packing plant. Among them was the greatest test pilot aviation had ever...

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