The Department of Commerce prohibited, last week, the towing of aircraft by other aircraft, except by special permission of the Secretary of Commerce. Clarence Marshall Young, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Aeronautics, said that the rule was aimed specifically at the now popular practice of towing gliders behind airplanes, subjecting them to high-speed stresses which they have not been designed to withstand. Permission will be issued if the glider is structurally sound, if the undertaking will further aviation.


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