Science: Blots & Prospects

According to optimists, the future of air transport is embryonically visible in the laboratories, wind tunnels, charts, tables, mathematical equations, blueprints and brains of aeronautical scientists. From the eggs of experiment, theory and calculation, the optimists hope, will hatch like shimmering larvae the bigger, safer, faster airplanes of tomorrow. According to pessimists, there is not likely to be much future if the dark blots on the present scene are not removed. Both dark blots and bright prospects were discussed in Manhattan last week when the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences met at Columbia University....

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