Overcrowded as the overhead field has been, this is an excellent story of American commercial aviation which includes the corporation battles and fierce financial competition as well as the daring flights which have led to this country's leadership in aviation today. From the Wrights and Glenn Curtiss, this proceeds to the gallant, often fatal flights from 1918 on which established our air mail. Lindbergh gave commercial aviation its start, and prominent and government men engaged in the fantastic struggle to control it. The advent of Boeing and Douglas planes (the story of the DC Pan American's Clipper flights, the fast development of United, American, TWA and Eastern with Eddie Rickenbacker and Howard Hughes behind the controls, catapults the story through World War II. Kelly is a flyer, a former airline lawyer and Civil Aeronautics Board adviser, and a serious student of aviation history and he has not concentrated solely on its silver wing-tipped glamor.