AVIATION: Planes to Spare?

Have the 177 planes the Army took over from the nation's airlines been used to full advantage? For months, in the airlines themselves, there has been a propwash of gossip that the commandeered planes are actually idle, and are rusting away in Army hangars.

Last week, with airline operators at their wits' ends to find equipment to handle their traffic, American Aviation dragged the question into the open: "The other day an airline finally obtained a 14-passenger Lockheed Lodestar that had been in the hands of the Army. . . . The log...

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