The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960 Page: 30
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
A day or so later, Secretary of the Navy Curtis D. Wilbur, then
a visitor in San Francisco, and other officials in Washington,
agreed that some federal move must be made to prevent the
recurrence of such flights.
The Dole Flight had not demonstrated so much what land
planes could do in an overseas flight as what they could not do.
There was not a single plane in the flight, with the possible ex-
ception of the Hearst entry, the "Golden Eagle," which was
equipped with the safety devices that a modern pilot would want
to fly from Fort Worth to Dallas or from St. Paul to Minneapolis.
Lindbergh and Chamberlin were lucky; ten of the Dole fliers
Erwin, Eichwaldt, and the other intrepid souls who lost their
lives in the early days of aviation were the Kit Carsons and Daniel
Boones of the heavens. In the quest for glory and spectacular
achievement, they paved the way for the present safety of the air.
Their sacrifices in such exploits as "the last fool flight" led to
governmental regulations which currently make impossible the
perilous risks these pioneers of the air undertook. Millions of
air travelers today owe a debt of deep gratitude to these adven-
turous souls who took the long chance that ended only in
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