ON THIS DAY: October 4

ON THIS DAY: October 4

ON THIS DAY IN TEENAGE HISTORY (1930), sixteen-year-old Robert N. Buck established a junior flying record by piloting a plane from Los Angeles to Newark in 28 hours and 33 minutes. “The Schoolboy Pilot,” as the newspapers called him, set another record by flying to Havana, Cuba, and back in 13 hours in 1931. Buck teamed with nineteen-year-old Robert Nixon on a three-month mission to photograph the lost Mayan cities of the Yucatán in 1933 and 1934, making the two the world’s youngest-ever aerial explorers, according to newspaper reports. Later, he served as chief pilot for Trans World Airlines (TWA) and wrote Weather Flying, a book published in 1970 that The New York Times said “is considered required reading for pilots.”

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