Airienteering with 13MIKE

by Fred J. Calfior and Douglas W. Miller

AirLeg 1

1) Proceed direct to JFK International airport

“Here's a bit of trivia that '11 make you go batty! Early in the United States' involvement in World War II, a Pennsylvania surgeon proposed that bats carrying phosphorous matches in small capsules be used to destroy the flimsily constructed buildings in Japanese cities. The plan was for planes to release the animals by night, and that by daylight the bats would hunker down and take refuge in attics and under eaves. Sometime during the week, the chemically treated matches would burst into flame (so would the bats!), touching off almost simultaneous fires throughout the target city! The army tested this proposal experientially at an airfield near Carlsbad, New Mexico. The result was that the bats set fires in a hangar and in a staff car! The project was abandoned once it was realized that incendiary bombs were far more effective. ”

2) When abeam FLUSHING airport, turn towards the twin stacks north of Long Beach

3) Add up the individual numbers that make up the ATIS frequency for La Guardia airport, and go to that AirLeg.

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