Science: Onward & Upward

The Army Air Forces' bright blue yonder is not going to be big enough to hold it. Last week the Air Forces' bright young men, who don't have to be very bright to know that the planes of World War II are already obsolete, were busy promoting a grand-scale Air Engineering Development Center for studying and testing the air weapons of tomorrow. They talked Buck Rogers language. Some topics: supersonic aircraft—piloted and pilotless—planes and rockets powered by nuclear energy, space ships, space bases that would float above the atmosphere, where gravity's pull is weak as a kitten's. An old-line pilot might...

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