WE SWEAT IN THE COCKPIT, THOUGH much of the time we fly with the side windows open. The airplanes smell of hot oil and simmering aluminum, disinfectant, leather . . . the stewardesses, short-tempered and reeking of vomit, come forward as often as they can for what is a breath of comparatively fresh air." Aviation author Ernest K. Gann's description of flying in the 1930s serves as a reminder of how far the industry has come in a relatively short time in improving the air travel ...

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