TRANSPORT: Flivver Flight

Alongside the giant transport planes, a Piper Cub looks like a gnat. A man can lift its tail with one hand, push it over with the other. On a fine summer's day, Cubs rise from the country's fields like a swarm of grasshoppers. Thousands of sportsmen, commuters, and joyriders use them for short hops between town and farm, home and hunting ground. Last week two young instructors from Maryland's College Park Airport proved that these flimsy air flivvers could also circle the world.

Flu & Palaces. The pilots were blond, boyish Clifford Evans, 27, an ex-A.A.F. pilot, and stubby,...

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