The Pilot Smiled

Piloting the Air Mail

“The pilot smiled. There was something very winning and gracious in that smile. He had true, blue eyes, a kindly face, and his smile always made everyone like him. His manner was gentle and considerate. Yet he was trim and athletic in build and looked every inch a hero — despite the makeshift clothing he wore. Jimmy began to worship him then and there.”

— From Piloting the U.S. Air-Mail (1927) by Lewis E. Theiss; cover art by Harold James Cue (1887-1961), painter and prolific illustrator of children’s books.


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