National Geographic : 1957 Mar
, Suzy Gets the Thrill of Her Young Life: MATS Flight 1704 Enters the U. S. In the cockpit with the copilot, Suzy was im pressed by the maze of knobs and dials. When I pointed down at Princeton, Maine, and called out: "U. S. A.!" she understood me at once and nearly jumped out of her seat. Her companion here is 1st Lt. George M. Fedor (USAF) of Lorain, Ohio. Later, through an interpreter, Suzy told me she wanted to be a pilot, or at least a flight stewardess, because "she can walk around all the time and doesn't have to put on a seat belt." The Hungarians' scanty luggage surprised MATS pilots. "We carried 59 passengers and only 500 pounds of baggage," one flyer said. "That's about eight pounds apiece." A pilot who interviewed many of the passengers admired "those Hungarian women who let their men do all the talking." "No wonder," Klra commented later. "We women had our hands full with the children; the men had nothing to do but talk." Throughout the trip questions were put to me in a mixture of Hungarian, German, broken Eng lish, and sign language. "Where are we now?" "What time is it in New York?" "Will we see the Empire State Building?" Older men wondered if they would soon find a job. Younger men wanted to know if they could earn enough for a car and how much it would cost. One asked me, "What is it like to buy things on time?"