AIR: The Best Airplane

The great and beautiful fact is that the U.S. is producing more warplanes than any other nation in the world. And those planes are being delivered, are fighting on every front in the global war. Now the point is: How good are they?

The returns are trickling in—stories on U.S. aircraft in Russia, in the sandstorms of Libya, over the green hills of New Guinea, the crags of southern China. But the returns are incomplete and blindingly confused.

The public heard that the Japanese Zero was a superior plane, then read that the antiquated...

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