June 12, 1944

THE AVIATION NEWS

Washington Observer

THE AIR WAR

Improved Warplanes Extend Navy’s Penetration Into Enemy Territory

Personnel

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THE AVIATION NEWS

Washington Observer

INVASION—The one topic of conversation in Washington is the invasion. When the word came through last Tuesday that troops had begun landing, everything else became secondary and will remain secondary until the picture begins to clear.
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THE AIR WAR

Improved Warplanes Extend Navy’s Penetration Into Enemy Territory

Emergency conversion of bombers into transports for speedy shipment of vital cargo provides preview of what’s likely in post-war developments.

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Personnel

W. L. (Lew) Whittier has been appointed engineering manager of Douglas Aircraft Co., Inc., Tulsa plant, in addition to his duties in the manufacturing division. In 1941, at the request of the Navy, he accompanied two squadrons of Douglas SBD divebombers to the Hawaiian area aboard the aircraft carrier Lexington and later assisted as a contractor’s engineering representative on a revised SBD model at the Norfolk air station.
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New Concept of Tactical Air Force Gets Supreme Test in Invasion

Vast numbers of planes open big offensive, providing air cover, paralyzing Nazi communications and furnishing extra fire power for ground troops.

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TRANSPORT

Airlines May Design Their Own Planes

United Air Lines engineer W. W. Davies predicts varied aircraft types for future use.
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PRIVATE FLYING

Piper Developments Watched for Hint of Post-War Pattern

Company’s dominance of lightplane field and role in supplying aircraft to Civil Pilot Training program put it in strategic position for shift to peacetime production.

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TRANSPORT

More Lines File for Texas-Oklahoma

Applications pour in after report on prehearing conference on local service.
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Termination Article Adopted to Speed Subcontractor Settlements

Summary of week’s developments in formulation of policy and program for post-war industrial mobilization.
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Progress of Invasion Watched for Effect on Plane Production

Top officials in Washington maintain that no immediate change in output rate or employment is to be expected beyond revisions already planned.

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TRANSPORT

Airlines Seek Price Formula for Return of Planes From Army

Representatives of seven companies and ATA find problem too complicated to solve at special meeting in Chicago.

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