March 1, 1934

Air Mail— the Record in the Case

News of the Month

Transport Goes Steadily Forward


Air Mail— the Record in the Case

THE COMPOSITION of this story is undertaken almost at the very moment when the first Army airplane is taking off with the first load of mail. About the most dramatic week in the history of aviation has attained its climax. One’s first impulse when the news of the cancellation came through on the evening of Feb. 9 was to give way to impotent despair at a situation that seemed so destructive and so incomprehensible.

News of the Month

ABOUT the middle of January the Senatorial investigation of the air mail situation slipped into high gear and accelerated at an amazing rate. Chief Inquisitor Hugo Black was assured by witnesses that certain files from the Postmaster General’s office had been burned just prior to the time that the new administration took over.

Transport Goes Steadily Forward

Dependence on the air mail appropriations rapidly reduced

Airplanes and Pilots

Concentration on development in anticipation of better markets

Aviation, a Diversified Industry

A hundred million dollars of annual turnover

Flying Equipment

THE veil of secrecy which has been so carefully preserved about certain goings-on in the Sikorsky factory at Bridgeport has been drawn aside sufficiently to permit a glimpse of the first of the three new flying boats under construction for Pan-American Airways.

Army and Navy Operations

Five-year program levels are not yet reached

Foreign Trade

Back to 1929 levels

World Air Transport

America’s steadily lengthening lead in commercial aviation

A Record of Solid Accomplishment

THE FIFTH of AVIATION'S annual statistical reviews launches forth upon a sea of troubles. The Army is flying the mail, gallantly doing its best with a problem of appalling complexity. The airlines have lost two-thirds of their revenue during the past week, and have no way of knowing when, or whether, they will get it back.
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