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TAILWINDS By Ernie Pyle [[Image]] ERNIE has given you the dope on the Western run pilots this time. Next month he continues his interesting pilot chatter with a little low-down on the boys handling the Eastern and Southern runs Read the list carefully. You may soon be called to vote for your favorite pilot or perhaps it is pilots.-Editor's note. THE day hasn't yet arrived (and let's hope it never will) when the pilot of a passenger airliner becomes the impersonal cog in the airline machine that the locomotive engineer is on the railroad. Air travelers feel a dependence on their pilot that makes him a real personality for them. They like to know something about him There are at present 42 pilots flying on the five airlines in and out of Washington. Every pilot has a name-plate which he displays in the cabin of the plane where everybody can see it. So find out your pilot's name, run through the list, and learn something about him. You won't find much, for there isn't space, but something is better than nothing. Here they are: Continental Airways HAROLD JOHNSON- WON second place in this year's Bendix derby from Los Angeles to Cleveland, averaging 200 miles an hour in one of the Continental Line's ships. He outflew many faster ships in that race. ART LYBARGER- HOLDS the speed record between Chicago and Washington, making the 632 miles in 3 hours 15 minutes, averaging 195 miles an hour. L.H. STEWARD- HE learned to fly before the war. And before that he manufactured silk hose down in Kentucky. You may notice that he still wears part of a silk stocking over his head to hold his hair down while he is flying. He also writes poetry. 13
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