Science: Speed & Security

Supersonic speeds (above 750 m.p.h.) are farther around the flying corner than many people think. On Jan. 26, a P-80 Shooting Star, in a widely publicized flight, roared from California to New York at about 584 m.p.h. But its speed was inflated by a whooping, high-altitude tailwind. Last week, the Army Air Forces announced the official record for a closed, 100-kilometer course—only 495 m.p.h.

That was one piece of news for the 200 reporters who last week went to Wright Field to view the Army Air Forces' latest advances toward the Buck Rogers age...

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