AIR RACE: SECOND WIND
We read Lament for the Old Bendix (SI, Aug. 12) with great interest, for it contained some very obvious truths and some rather common misconceptions.
True, the military has run away with the air race as far as pure speed is concerned, and the necessarily scientific atmosphere surrounding this accomplishment is not the sort of thing to inspire young boys to hero worship, but there is more to air racing than unknown service pilots flying all-alike airplanes at cosmic-ray altitudes from Point A to Point B.
In COMING EVENTS you list: Saturday, August 10, Midget Airplane Races, Oshkosh, Wisconsin. This is air racing in the old tradition: airplanes custom-built by the men who fly them, pilots who race for the sport and the love of flying, races entirely in view of the grandstand with airplanes flying 200 mph-plus, less than 75 feet off the ground.
Now the once hopeless invalid is showing signs of approaching complete recovery; the biggest races in years will be held Labor Day weekend at Fort Wayne, Indiana, and plans are now under way for the return of the Cleveland National Air Races.
JOHN C. DURAND
Here in Florida I see daily many interesting and beautiful butterflies (Beauty on the Wing, SI, Aug. 12). Could you recommend books on butterfly hunting?
?Two books will be especially helpful to the would-be lepidopterist. They are: The Butterfly Book by William J. Holland ( Garden City: Doubleday, $12.50) and A Field Guide to Butterflies of North America by Alexander Barrett Klots ( New York: Houghton Mifflin, $3.75).—ED.
FITNESS (CONT.): GOOD WILL
I recently used U.S. Fitness: 1957 (SI, Aug. 5) extensively for lecture material in a class of elementary physical education for in-service teachers, and I found that many of our teachers in the elementary schools, while they were ignorant of many of the facts concerning physical fitness, were extremely interested in doing a better job of teaching physical education.
We are going to use Bonnie Prudden's article, How to Get More out of Life, in our regular physical education classes.
FRED M. BEILE
Dept. of Health and Physical Education
University of Kansas City
Kansas City, Mo.
FITNESS (CONT.): CHALLENGE AND RESPONSE
I consider A Measure of Fitness so informative and challenging that I would like to use it for study purposes with our city-wide Physical Education Committee composed of teachers in our public schools.
Director of Instruction
Manitowoc Public Schools
FITNESS (CONT.): SEX APPEAL
I am planning a District Federated Club Women's rally here for some 70 women's clubs from 14 counties. I want to use your articles for this meeting.
MRS. PAUL G. KIEF