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Personnel from Pan Am and other airlines provided the Army and the Navy with valuable managerial expertise and counsel. Consequently ATC and NATS became, in effect, gigantic airlines composed of commercial air carriers - all under contract to provide transport services for the miliforces of the United Nations tary throughout the world. In addition to the necessary managerial and operational aspects of air transport, ATC also established, with the aid of the airlines, various training schools to teach military personnel the procedures and methods of air transport operations.
Laboring under these handicaps, early airlines in the United States concentrated on carrying air mail. S. Post Office decided to speed up air mail deliveries and Congress passed the Air Mail Act in 1925 (the Kelly Act) and subsequent legislation, airlines in the United States that had made t the same boost ropean airlines financially solvent: government subsidy. The Kelly Act put air mail service up for bid to ‘Ip private contractors on a pound-permile basis. The Air Commerce Act of 1926 gave aviation legal status under charge the jurisdiction of the Department of Commerce and promoted improved W*atres navigational aids.
S. and Europe are permanently established, the Atlantic will seem no bigger than a lake to the air traveler. One experimental flight from Boston to Paris and back to Boston took only 6 hours and 18 minutes at an average speed of over 1,000 miles per hour and a cruising speed of about 1,340 miles per hour. The conventional jumbo jet makes a one-way crossing in about 7 hours. To be continued February 1978 39 D \T”” / “% n 1 this impressive performespite ance, the future of the SST is uncertain. The major _ -problems with arc not technological; the aircraft rather they are financial and ecoio$call.