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Journal of a Seaplane Cruise Around The World
Part Three: Asia

Saturday, December 8

Zamboanga to Manila New Haven to Manila. It's rather a comfortable feeling to have all of those miles behind us instead of ahead, but no one could wish for anything better than to turn around and do it again . . . Big and Honest Augie shoved his grinning face up close to our left wing on the dot of 2:50 and began muttering and growling into a microphone, I suppose to send words of greeting. His transmitter was out of order, and nothing but garble came through. I was too thrilled to care what he was saying and after beckoning him in close so that Bob could get some pictures, I fell behind and a little above his ship to let him lead the way to Manila. The whole distance he seemed to be trying to tell us something, and finally got it across as we turned the corner to pass by Corregidor Island to enter Manila Bay. He was sorry but he had a date that night and wouldn't be back until eleven but hoped we would have a good time. On arriving at Manila we should set down behind the breakwater, along-side a speedboat which would have Bill Colman and a crowd of girls in it. Did we want to sell the plane? If so, thought he had a buyer for it. "Well doc, there's the boat; see you at eleven." We followed him in the best formation that my unpracticed hand would allow, while he circled twice over the city. It must have been a strange sight from below: A sturdy Army two-seater going around hand in hand with an awkward duckling which was puffing and blowing to keep up, and whose feathers were all but falling off. We landed alongside the speedboat, and were in the act of greeting Colman, when there was an ear splitting explosion overhead and we looked up to see Straubelts ship pulling out of a power dive which had passed not five feet from Asulinak's trembling cockscomb!

We pulled Wilson out of the water where he had fallen (he has taken impromptu baths in nearly every harbor east of New Haven!) and went ashore to the Army and Navy Club, and later to a delightful residence which Augie, Bill Colman and Carl Brandt have taken some miles south of Manila. We plan to stay here a week or two and arrange for shipping the plane back to the United States. If there is no ready means of transportation from Manila we may fly across to Hongkong, Shanghai, or even up to Tokyo. However, the winter is no season for flights over such large water areas. It is much more sensible to stop here.

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