Pirates with Wings

Pirates with Wings

Written by Louis L'Amour

First published in Sky Fighters, Winter 1949. Reprinted in the collections Night Over The Solomons and The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour - Volume 4: The Adventure Stories.
The year is likely 1948. Turk Madden is back in South America flying a survey run for Tropco, an oil exploration company in the Matto Grosso area of Brazil. The crew he is piloting are using a new state-of-the-art device called a fluxgate magnetometer which will help find likely petroleum deposits. A rival company, Petex, is wanting the mission to fail.

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