The Sept. 30–Oct. 13 issue of our sibling Aviation Week & Space Technology republished a story from 90 years earlier titled “Simulated Landings, Takeoffs in Fog Made by Lt. Doolittle” and detailing the first “blind flight,” which occurred on Sept. 24, 1929, at Long Island’s Mitchel Field. The account interested me on several levels: The feat changed aviation forever; it happened in my hometown; and the story made the pilot’s name part of the ...

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