Sherwood Harns is with the International General Books division of the Reader’s Digest . A former Navy carrier pilot who still gets aloft occasionally, he wrote an article called “Coast to Coast in 12 Crashes” for our October, 1964, issue that became the germ of the book from which the foregoing excerpt has been taken. Entitled The First to Fly: Aviation’s Pioneer Days , Mr. Harris’ book will be published this month by Simon & Schuster. COPYRIGHT © 1970 SHERWOOD HARRIS
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