From a long list of sport stories Mr. Archibald turns to a session with the U.S.A.F. to follow Cadet Melvin Towne through training and the stiff program he must survive to get his wings. First at Hondo Air Force Base in Texas and then at Williams in Arizona, Mel goes through his paces in planes from T-6 trainers to Jets, acquiring as much information and ability (the details of which come out to a great extent in the conversation), as possible. There are some tragedies and some washouts, but Mel who shows the earmarks of a true pilot, is profoundly troubled by the death in a crash of a brother he worshipped. Not until the mysteries of his brother's death are cleared is Mel ready, psychologically, for his wings. Though the latter difficulty is important, it is still a minor factor in a world where mechanics rule.