Headline-hunting Louis Johnson should have known he was flying into trouble. When he refused to provide an Air Force plane for a bit of round-the-world congressional junketing (TIME, Sept. 12), Oklahoma's Senator Elmer Thomas whirled in bristling counterattack. He demanded that Defense Secretary Johnson furnish him detailed information on all recent trips made by Administration officials in military aircraft. Then he left town for the weekend.

While he was gone, embarrassing questions began to crop up. Was it essential for General Omar Bradley to go pheasant hunting in a special Air Force plane? Was it vital to national defense for Navy...

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