Aeronautics: Sky Sailing

In the sport of soaring, Germany leads the world. That is chiefly because the Allies, in the Treaty of Versailles, tried to clip her wings with restrictions upon military aeronautics and plane-building. Germany's War pilots turned to motorless flight, not mentioned in the Treaty, developed it as a science and a national pastime.

After a number of false starts characterized by high pressure promotion (gliding was once touted as the "salvation" of the U. S. aircraft industry), soaring is just beginning to get a foothold as a U. S. sport. In the third...

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