AVIATION: Storm Ahead--But No Weather

The man who had been a top trouble-shooter for the Army's Air Transport Command—and boss of the Hump lifeline into China—last week cheerfully took on more trouble. With the store creases still fresh in his mufti, tall, tough Brigadier General Thomas Hardin went to work as executive vice president of TACA Airways' 13,000 miles of loosely knit air routes south of the border. His first move was to hire four of his top-ranking buddies in A.T.C. to help him run TACA.

To airmen who have seen Tom Hardin in action around the world, this looked as if the bitter struggle in...