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The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 3

Mason City, Iowa
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Friday, February 2, 1945
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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1945 MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE WEATHER LOSES TERROR AS GREW CHASES STATIC Veteran Army Airman. Declares Midwestern Thunderstorm Worst By SAM SMITH United Press Staff Correspondent Kansas City, Mo., (U.PJ--Capt. Robert N. Buck, TWA pilot with a strange wartime assignment of flying while the birds walk, predicted that commercial airlines will fly 365 days a year within a few years after the end of the war. "The bogey man of weather is losing his grip," the 30 year old veteran of 15 years of flying said. "The more you fly weather, the less terror it holds. Soon no flights will be cancelled because of it." For 11 months Buck has piloted a Flying Fortress, equipped with special gadgets to chronicle the weather and static details within storms. He was assigned to the job when it was contracted to TWA by the army. He works out of Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio. Buck and his crew are men always on the go. In those 11 months they have flown in Alaska, over all the 48 states and to Labrador and Newfoundland. They h a v e stuck the nose of their plane into thunderstorms and hurricanes and through snow. The armed forces needed details of the instance of static in storms because it blotted out radio direction, and communication equipment. Buck went up to get the data. He said he believed static would not bother the postwar airliners as they operate ^those 365 days a year. Despite his years of flying, the Westfield, N. J., flyer said he called himself a "doggoned fool" whei he took over the assignment las November. Now he talks of the "fine static" he found in a storm unconsciously applying an adjective that most pilots would never use in such a connection. "The granddaddy of all storms so far as turbulence is concerned is the midwesfern thunderstorm,' he said. "That last big hurricani which struck the east coast was simple compared to a thunder storm out here. Florida thunder storms look tough but they are mere 'sissies' for turbulence." He flew twice through the hur ricane. He has cut through thunderstorms from a few hundred feet altitude to 36,000 feet. The pursuit of the wandering storms has taken him 11,000 miles. "The best static we have found was within 300 miles of Kansas City," he said, "in a thunderstorm ·between Chicago and Kirksville, Mo." When other planes hug the ground, Buck and his crew clirhb aboard their big ship and chase the storm center. They have baffled airport weathermen from Nome to Miami by.rubbing their hands gleefully when they get bad weather reports. They haunt airport meteorologists for reports, making hour by hour checks when a storm is building up. They carry credentials permitting them to take off at any and all times, just in case some official feels like locking them up and calling the nut house. Buck began flying when he was 15. In 1936, he raised the non-stop world's record flight distance for lightweight planes when he flew from Burbank, Cal., to Columbus, Ohio, skidding in on the belly because he'd dropped the landing gear at Burbank. When he was 16, he broke the junior transcontinental speed record. Members of his crew are C. O. Johnson, co-pilot, member of the famous "flying Johnson family;" Barney J. Dowd, crew chief; Bill Foley, assistant crew chief; Guy Arnold, who was the navigator until he went into the ATC; Philip W. Couch, radio engineer, and Jerry Jarrard, assistant TWA chief radio engineer. Ralph C. Ayres, the airline's .chief radio engineer, flew with them' last winter but now works mostly in the laboratory. CAFE AND HOTEL OPERATOR DIES Hold Rites Saturday for Charles Lee, 69 Iowa Falls-r-Funeral rites for Charles R. Lee, 69, former Iowa Falls cafe owner and operator will be held at the Powers funera home Saturday afternoon with the Rev. John D. Clinton, pastor of the Methodist church, in charge. Burial will be at New Hartford. He died Wednesday at Ellsworth Municipal hospital in Iowa Falls. He was born at Ackley Apr! 29, 1875, a son o£ Mr. and Mrs Asa Lee. He married Miss Elsie Sauser, Sept 1,1904, at New Hartford. For a number of years hi was engaged in mercantile bus! ness at Oskaloosa and Maquoketa He conducted a cafe in Town Falls for some time, then operatec a cafe at Grundy Center. Recently he has been manager of a hotel a Jewell. While in Iowa Falls he was ac tive in community affairs. He wa a member of the Methodis Church, the Masonic lodge, pas president of the Chamber of Com merce, member of the Rotary club and a member of the hospita board. Survivors include his 'widow and one sister, Mrs. Artiebell Hen derson of Marshalltnwn. The Army moves part of its gasoline supplies in portabl tanks made of canvas over rigi plywood frames. World dautns when you start reading your Bible · · Photograph p o s e d by Mrs. Henry Wiseman and daughter Linda. Corporal Wiseman is serving in the South Pacific. ODAY . . . when you read and reread his letter until you know every word in it; today . . . when .he seems so far away, turn for comfort and for courage to the Bible. Perhaps the Book is an old friend; or perhaps the years have made it and you strangers. It doesn't matter. The steady, eternal light of its message is there for you, ready to bring you the same confidence that it is bringing millions today all over the world. Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed; for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. . JOSHUA, 1:9 The amazing thing about Bible that your reward will increase as the habit grows. Within its two covers it treats of every problem that the spirit of man has ever met or will ever meet. For countless generations, men and women have opened the Bible and have sought and found restoration of the spirit, whether torn with anxiety and loneliness, oppressed by doubt, crushed with futility or stunned by bereavement. Fear thou not; for I am with thee. Be not dismayed for 1 am thy God; I will strengthen thee; yea, 1 will help thee; yea I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. ISAIAH, 41 :10 Many Americans in Europe and the South Pacific, like our own soldiers long ago at Valley Forge, may have doubted but they turned to Psalm 37 and were comforted, and already the promise of the Psalm is coming to pass. Many a tired, discouraged b o y at t h e battlefront today is reading his Bible and his courage f l a m e s anew. They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint. .ISAIAH 40.51 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. PSALMS 46:1 And perhaps, like Stonewall Jackson, lie r e p e a t s the words of Deuteronomy, 20:3-4, as he advances into battle. Mothers and wives at home need courage, too. Turn to P s a 1 m.s 31:24, or II Thessaloniaris. 2:16-17, or Psalms 91. Those with husbands or sons listed as missing or prisoners of war will gain confidence from these words of God. For thus saith the Lord God; behold I, even I will search my sheep and seek them out. As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and I will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day . . . and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land ... EZEKIEL 34:11-13 And so today, open your Bible. Join with the millions of your fellow Americans at home and overseas in asking Divine help in the problems that face our country and all humanity in these crucial days, from now until victory. Our own United States Congress has asked that all Americans join in Bible reading. For your own comfort get acquainted with the habit that has h e 1 p e d countless men and women to live better lives. Start your Bible reading with these great chapters and verses: PSALMS 23, 37, 91, 11, 121, 31:24, 36:7 ISAIAH 2:4, 26:3 PROVERBS 3:5-6-7 DEUTERONOMY 20:3-4, 31 :6, 33:27 ECCLESIASTES 12:13 (This was Theodore Roosevelt's favorite verse) EPHESIANS 6:11-16 PH1LIPP1ANS4:6 THESSALONIANS 5:17 11 THESSALONIANS 2:16-17 ROMANS 16:20 II SAMUEL 22:33 YOUNKERS FEDERAL AND FIRST STREET S. E. MASON CITY

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