AVIATION: Planes for Peace

As the No. 1 competitors of Army, Navy and British for U.S. aircraft production, U.S. airlines have presented a perplexing defense problem: should they be given new planes, or should their expansion be checked? The battle has seesawed, but last week the airlines had the edge. They got new planes, and will get more.

Eight new Douglas DC-3 transports were delivered to American Airlines and United Air Lines, with the blessing of OPM. Nine went to T.W.A., five to Eastern Air Lines earlier this year. Before Christmas, around 30 more transports will be prorated among the 17 U.S. airlines.

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