NEW YORK -- Lieut. James Doolittle, winner of the Schneider cup in 1925, today took off from Mitchel Field, L.I., in a small training plane, and when he landed, proved conclusively that fog and the darkness of night will hold no terrors for the flyer of the future.
Lieutenant Doolittle made the flight in a covered cockpit. He was unable to see the landing field, the sky, anything. Yet he took off, flew around a bit and landed without a mishap.
His flight was the culmination of a year's experimentation. It was made possible by the use of four new instruments -- a visual radio beacon, an artificial horizon, a directional gyroscope and a sensitive barometric altimeter.