WAR FRONT: Mr. Purvis Buys New Planes

The basic fact about aircraft manufacture is that no customer ever gets an up-to-date airplane. By the time the first ships of any order are delivered, a better plane is under test, a still better one is taking shape on the drawing boards. But to foreign purchasers of U. S.-made military planes this principle of initial obsolescence has long been complicated by a Federal regulation that made their buys relatively more out-of-date than a motorcar with a floorboard gearshift is in 1940. The rule: no aircraft type could be sold for export...

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