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In the middle of a desert, a trucker changes a rear tire on his flatbed truck loaded with nine long pieces of pipeline.

"Giant [Aramco] convoys haul sections of pipe--nearly one hundred feet long--[for the new Trans-Arabian pipeline] through blistering wastelands where, if a tire explodes, everyone aboard moves with the smooth precision of a bomber crew under enemy attack: Arabia's midday summer sun can broil a man alive before nightfall. [Saudi Arabia, 1948.]" Yankee Nomad, p. 261.