National Geographic : 1933 May
Courtesy Eastern Air Transport IN HELMET, FLYING SUIT, AND PARACHUTE, THIS AIR-MAIL PILOT IS READY TO HOP OFF PROMPTLY ON THE SECOND United States pilots carried 7,372,220 pounds of mail along 26,893 miles of established air lines in 1932. They flew in all some 33 million miles, for which service the Government paid the mail carriers more than 19 million dollars. Of this sum more than half was regained through the sale of air mail stamps (see text, page 588). Photograph byEwing Galloway TWO AIR TRAVELERS LAND ATTHE FAIRWAY FOR AGAME OF GOLF Already a few country clubs have landing fields, andtheprivately owned plane flown for sport is no longer anovelty. Most private planes, however, are used in business or industry-which may range from mineral and timber exploration to high-speed news reporting and making motion picture thrillers (see text, page 615).