ARMY & NAVY: Over the Top

The record-busting season in aviation was on. Last week Army & Navy flyers were in a photo finish for the world's longdistance mark.

The Navy was off first. At Perth, West Australia, a twin-engined Lockheed Neptune patrol bomber, stripped of all but the most rudimentary radio, set out for the U.S. or beyond. Secretly the crew of the Truculent Turtle hoped to get to Bermuda, half way round the world.

But head winds ate up the 25 tons of gas too fast and the Turtle set down at Columbus, Ohio. The crew, freshly shaved...

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