1945: Worthington Boy Flies Eight Round Trips In A Day

This 1945 news piece concerned a magazine story about Lloyd Leonard, a pilot with the South Pacific combat air transport command.

A current magazine story concerning the activities of the South Pacific combat air transport command, for convenience abbreviated to SCAT, brings up the fact that Lt. Lloyd Leonard, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Leonard, Manson partments, is a pilot with that group.  He has been attached to Marine Group 25 for the past 13 months of the nearly 14 he has been overseas, spending four weeks at Pearl Harbor after a flight from the mainland.

Flying tons of ammunition, gas and supplies, passengers and mail, SCAT is running on a schedule of 72 plane arrivals and departures a day, says the magazine story, compared with the slightly more than 100 movements at the Chicago and LaGuardia ports, U.S. largest, into each of which eight airlines now operate.

"Lt. Leonard, in letters home, describes the schedule as indeed stiff. He has built up a record of more than 1,200 hours in the air, and on one of his peak days flew a total of eight round trips."

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