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    You'll have to wait another month for another Waldo Pondray Warren piece. This month, we have something from when air travel was relatively new and extremely expensive. Clearly, the "cattle call" type of travel we experience today wasn't in existence yet. I still remember the days when people got dressed up to fly because it was quite an event.

Gregg Speed Building, Gregg Publishing Company, 1932, p 108-109

From the Safe Sky. . . .
          Within ten minutes of the take-off  you may be soaring in the coolness of mountain altitudes. . . looking down upon the sweltering city from the safety of the sky. . . floating homeward at 120 miles an hour!
          Your plane is a yacht in the bluest of seas, its three propellers beating as steadily as the screw of an ocean liner.  Two will carry you to your destination.  One alone will take you to port.  And in the forward cabin, your pilot and the assistant are masters of the controls.
          Cushioned on air, you may be surrounded by luxury. . . upholstered chairs, a writing desk for those who are in the mood to jot down their thoughts; a radio for those who wish, or feel that they must, keep in touch with the goings on down on earth; a well-stocked kitchenette with crystal and linen for your service; a lavatory with running hot and cold water!  There’s ample accommodation in this all-metal plane for half a dozen weekend guests or business aides, and all their paraphernalia besides.  Perhaps you have never flown.  A sense of hazard then will, of course, be yours as the plane first gathers speed in its rush across the field and as it mounts on its ramp of air to higher levels.  But when it flattens out, with motors throttled down, all at once you will find yourself extroadinarily calm; for the solidity of the support element is more stable than water, smoother than concrete.
          Hundreds of thousands have gone through that first breathless experience, only to find, surprisingly, that there is no thrill of danger in travelling in a multi-motored transport.  There is not even a sense of dizzy height, for there are no lines of perspective to draw you earthward and the world below seems only like an infinitely perfect model laid out upon a rug.  There is no feeling of rushing speed but rather of a calm drifting motion.  And an exaltation for which there is no earthly comparison.
          Over 150,000 passengers were carried along scheduled air lines last year.  This year’s total will be enormous.  For America has discovered that air travel is safe and delightful beyond description!—Ford Motor Company

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