AVIATION: Down to Earth

No dour railroad man, no old-line ship operator, but shrewd, realistic, ultra-air-minded William Allan Patterson, President of United Air Lines, rose up last week to say that a lot of talk about the future of the airplane is hot air.

Peppery Mr. Patterson told the Namal Industrial Conference Board that the post-war airplane will not put older slower transportation forms out of business. This assertion collides head on with Grover Loening's breezy statement last May that 45,000 planes of the bomber type that Henry Ford is building could handle the 500 billion...

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