Business & Finance: Freedom of the Air

In Washington last week President Roosevelt reappointed Iowa farm-born Lloyd Welch Pogue chairman of the Civil Aeronautics Board. Coming on the heels of the highly political CAB appointment of ex-Senator Josh Lee of Oklahoma, Pogue's reappointment was reassuring. For Pogue, a specialist in aviation law (Harvard), is no patronage-loving politician. He is a man who believes in a principle: that freedom of the air to competing air transport companies of all nations is just as important as freedom of the seas.

Even before the war such freedom did not exist. One big reason was sheer military necessity, which made nations anxious...

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