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The Psychic Factors in Aviation

Earle L. Ovington
JAMA. 1914;LXIII(5):419-420. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570050055024.
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To the Editor:  —I have read with some interest the abstract of the article by Loewy and Placzek on this subject (The Journal, July 11, 1914, p. 203). I do not know how much this subject interests the medical profession, but I cannot allow a notice like this to pass without giving my views as a practical aviator.I have repeatedly flown at heights in excess of 4,000 meters (about 21/2 miles). When I won the Tri-State Race going from Boston to Nashua, N. H., to Worcester, Mass., to Providence, R. I., and back to Boston I flew at practically this height during the entire distance.I have always believed in high flying. I am convinced that it is far less dangerous than flying low. In the first place the vertical air-currents which annoy the aviator at low altitudes have no effect at great heights. The horizontal air-currents, corresponding to


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