Dean C. Smith

  • Flying by Guess and by God: Air Mail in the Twenties

    In 1917 DEAN C. SMITH, at the aqe of sixteen, lied his way into the United States Army. At Kelly Field he was trained as a combat pilot, and as an instructor he trained others in the idiosyncrasies of the fragile planes of that day, among them the Jenny and the Sopwith Camel. At the war’s end, flying was in his blood, and after demobilization he was taken on as a pilot to fly the air mail. This narrative is drawn from Mr. Smith’s autobiography, BY THE SEAT OF MY PANTS, to be published this month by Atlantic, Little-Brown.