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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - July 21, 1938, Abilene, Texas WUTJTOAS' NEN5MMR gftffene Reporter VOL. LVIII. NO. 53. "WITHOUT, OR WITH OPPENSE TO IWLNDS OR FOES WE YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT ABILENE, TEXAS. THURSDAY MORNING, July 21, 1938. -TWELVE PAGES fttH (AD PRICE 5 CENTS British Plane Speeds Across North Atlantic 'Pick-A-Back; Is Blazing Trait For Commercial Hops MONTREAL. July (Thiin- day) Tress) The seaplane Mercury reported heid- Ing Inlo clear wcalher 580 miles Bolwood, Newfoundland, it a< in. Brllf-sh summer time today p. m. E.S.T. Wed- nesday) on her Atlantic cross- ing from Foynes, Ireland. Average of 145 an hour was being maintained. Al- lltudc Has feel. The Mercury's officers did not Indicate whelher the ship would slop at BofwGod, and airport of- ficials a! St. Hubert airport took it for granted the plane would conlftiue over Newfoundland to Montreal. FOYNBS, Ireland, July (Thursday) unique British pick-a-back seaplane Mercury, up- per half of n composite "two-in-one" aircraft, 'was pushing steadily through headwinds over the At- lantic early today on a mile flight to BoUvood, Newfoundland. (Montreal received a radio mes- sage from the Mercury at 7 p. m., C. S. T. Wednesday saying the plane was 1.000 miles out, or about half way across the ocean, flying through "continuous rafns" over K "turbulent The comparatively small, heavily- loaded Mercury took off from the back of its parent ship Maia Jeet above the River Shannon here at 8 p. m., Wednesday British sum- mer time, p. S. T.) and pointed westward for its first trans- oceanic flight. The two craft had left the water as one, locked together by secrrt devices. la the air. Donald C. T. Ben- nett, pilot of the Mercury, said rr'-sply over the connecting telephone: Both pilots pulled levers of the -secret locking device. The planes parted and (he Mercury roared to- ward the setting sun at 8 p. m. (1 p. m. C. S. T.) A wireless message received from the Mercury two hours after the takeoff sairt 300 miles had bjen covered and that, the flight was proceeding "exactly according to schedule." The four-tngined Mercury. carry- Ing a commercial cargo, was ex- pected at BoU'ood, Newfoundland, the first stop in about 11 hours. From Eotwood the plane is to go to Montreal and then New York. Major Robert Mayo, technical general manager of Imperial air- ways and inventor of the unique plane, watched the takeoff. Mayo designed the plane to ell minate dangers or heavily laden long distance craft taking off under their own power. Launched from the back ol the Maia. the Mercury has a longer flying range than the Calcdonin. flying boat which cross- ed the Atlantic on trial spins last summer- It also consumes less furl. Lightning Never Hits Who Twice? DODGE CITY. July 20 Wj-Willard Crcgo, 19, Is a living contradiction to the old saying about lightning never striking twice in the same place. Several months ago Crego was struck by lightning while walking on a street in Minneola. Kas. He was stunned for several minutes. Yesterday, standing at the back door of his sister's home here, lie was struck again. Again he was only dazed. Woman Held In Torture Death OAKLAND. Calif., July Police inspector Leon Carroll said (oday that a woman booked as Adtle Amljcgi. 35. a tavern operator, told htm she would waive extradition' to New Khcre (minorities wanted lo question her about a "torture'1 knife slnylng five years ago. "I've notliinj lo ff.ir and I will So hack lo New (he Inspector qitoicd the noman as sayinj. "I have had il on my roind for years and I've always w-anlcd to feM some one bul T never could brin? myself 1.0 l.itk, 'I've worried about it A lof." Carroll said Miss Anibcgl denied knowledge of the slaying on July H. 1533, of Jaspph rifnniJaro, res- taurant and saloon proprietor, who was stabbed approximately 40 times by persons who Invaded' hU place of business. Carroll said Miss Ambcgl. held In custody ,-iflcr a fingerprint check- following her arrest 10 days ago on i charge of intoxication, would not explain what'she worried about, other than to remark, "It, was a holdup, i went to the restaurant, thfn left." Previously, Inspector James Good- night said. Miss Ambegi told him she was taken to Pittsburgh. Pa., by two men. then returned lo Sacramento Calif. Hop To Paris? Ships Like These Will Soon Put Flights To Europe On Everyday Business Basis By The AP Feature Service EXT summer you may be able to step up to your travel agent and get an airplane ticket to Europe. Because long before Howard Hughes proved how fast you can get there, aviation companies were planning transatlantic flights on a business basis. Fifty or more survey flights are scheduled this summer and countries are lining up contenders for the North Atlantic business. On one of the hops, the British Mercury (shown In top picture below) hopped yesterday from England to the United States. Here arc some of the other planes they are entering: BRITAIN'S ENTRY is (his, famed pick-a-back comb-nation of the Im- perial Aim-ays. The little plane. Mercury, is launched in mid-air from the big plane, Maia. Such a scheme lersens the danger a heavily-loaded plane faces on the take-off. The Mercury is icrtened to carry 2500 pounds of mall or freight. THE FRENCH are counting on this seaplane. Lieutenant de Valssequ Paris. This is the ship that turned over In a squall off Flor- ida two years ago. but it's been rebuilt. France, the only interested country that made no survey flights last year, has ordered two 66-ton seaplanes
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