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Commemorating The 16th Anniversary of the World's Premier Air Classic

I AM happy to extend a cordial and official welcome to you who are privileged to see the 1936 National Air Races here in Los Angeles and to the Army, Navy, Marines, civilian pilots and European participants whose presence lends greater color and dignity to this impressive spectacle.

On behalf of the executive officers and directors I also take this occasion to express our deep gratitude to the business men and organizations of Southern California who have made it possible to present the 16th Annual World's Premier Air Classic in Los Angeles; and to those of you who by your patronage have contributed in elevating this enterprise to the outstanding aviation event in the world.

Aside from the thrilling and spectacular entertainment and educational advantages provided to the public, the National Air Races have proved to be one of the greatest contributing factors in the advancement of aviation. Much has been accomplished on these proving grounds in the development of greater speed with safety. Through the friendly competition encouraged by the various trophy races, designers, manufacturers and fliers have been inspired to vie with each other in striving for perfection in conquering the air. The National Air Races have provided the proving field for the numerous innovations that have so successfully contributed to the great strides made in aviation during the past 16 years. This is reflected in the advance design and construction of air transports today.

There is more to be accomplished, not only in aeronautical advancement, but in broadening the understanding of the American public to the tremendous advantages of flying and its greater use. We present the National Air Races this year in the belief that it will outshine all previous programs and will symbolize further gains not only in aeronautical progress but in or own economic advancement as well.

They're off! May you thoroughly enjoy every thrilling moment of the 1936 presentation.

Carl B. Sawyer.

1936 NATIONAL AIR RACES                           PAGE 7
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