National Affairs: Logical Choice

Harry Truman did not have to look far for someone to succeed W. Stuart Symington as Secretary of the Air Force. The logical choice was the man who headed the President's Air Policy Commission in 1947 and produced the report recommending a 70-group Air Force. Last week the President nominated bald, sharp-eyed Thomas Knight Finletter for the job. Never a flyer himself, 56-year-old Tom Finletter comes from a socialite Philadelphia family and is a Manhattan corporation lawyer, a United World Federalist, an avid student of history and an expert in international economics. When appointed to the Air Commission, he knew little...

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