The Press: Lesson from Britain

Last week when Aviation, one of the most authoritative of U. S. aeronautical publications, came out with its annual directory number, it printed carefully censored descriptions of new war planes like the Army's Bell Airacobra, Navy's Consolidated flying boats. Reason: the Army & Navy had labeled as military secrets such matters as performance and armament of new flying equipment. And, like the rest of the U. S. press, Aviation was trying to cooperate.

About the time Aviation went to its subscribers, the secret figures became public property all the same. They were printed in the British The Aeroplane—which operates under strict wartime...

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