National Defense: AIR: The Struggle for Speed

Off the snow-covered airport at Stratford, Conn. last week thundered a sleek, fat-bodied Navy Monoplane fighter with strange bent wings, not unlike a Junkers Stuka's. WPAsters working on the field's new runways gave it scarcely a glance, because it was an old sight. Almost every day for weeks past the new F4U had been rolled out of the Vought-Sikorsky plant across the road, had throbbed, roared, leaped into the air, whisked out of sight.

One day it had headed south, landed an hour later at Washington (275 miles), where Navy pilots flew it,...

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