April 17, 1944

Headline News Section

Action Near on Disposal Policy for Surplus Transport Planes

Personnel

THE AVIATION NEWS

Washington Observer

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Headline News Section

Action Near on Disposal Policy for Surplus Transport Planes

Washington officials forecast progress in 60 days, following talks with government, military, industry representatives.

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Personnel

Alfred B. Bennett, widely known flyer and airplane salesman, has been appointed director of post-war sales for Aeronca Aircraft Corp., Middletown, Ohio. In announcing the appointment, Carl Friedlander, Aeronca president, said Bennett’s addition to his firm places the company in a very strong position, since Bennett was “the foremost merchandiser of civilian aircraft before the war.”
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THE AVIATION NEWS

Washington Observer

BRITISH SUPER-FIGHTER—The new RAF super-fighter which the British Ministry of Aircraft Production announced will go into action some time this spring is a jet-propulsion craft, in the opinion of Washington aviation circles. Jet power is generally believed to be the only answer to the semi-official but cryptic reference to “more sensational performance” than that of any plane now flying.
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TRANSPORT

Formation of New North Atlantic Airline Reported Under Way

"Important interests” in U. S., Britain, Canada and Newfoundland expected to join forces in projected air service.
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THE AIR WAR

Airpower Facing Its Greatest Test in Next Six Months

Proof of value more evident in staving off defeat in Pacific than in European theater, where Allied air dominance is not so marked as against Japs.

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EDITORIAL

For a Peacetime Air Force of 50,000 Planes

THE United States aircraft industry built 117 planes during September, 1939, when the European war started. Total output that year was 2,400 planes, including scores of trainers. On Dec. 7, 1941, we had 159 four-engine bombers. The Army Air Forces had 1,157 first line combat planes, with only 526 of these strategically located to meet possible attacks on Hawaii and the Philippines.

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TRANSPORT

Soviets Watch London Talks as Own Parley with U. S. Opens

China agrees to join in bilateral conferences conducted by America but no official date has been set; Berle returns.
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Headline News Section

Industrial Demobilization Plans Get Under Way in Senate and WPB

George committee urges immediate legislation on contract termination; Donald M. Nelson establishes advisory committee to help formulate reconversion policies.
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Headline News Section

Johnston Appraises Air Progress for First Five Post-War Years

Washington representative of Curtiss-Wright Corp. and Wings After War author sees rosy hopes of aviation enthusiasts realized in time, but probably not so soon as forecast.

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FINANCIAL

Commercial Air Transport Growth Revealed in 5-Year CAB Survey

Traffic and financial operations of individual companies during period 1938-42 summarized by Economic Bureau of Rates and Audits Division.

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