Science: Zone of Quiet

People who were in or near Dayton last April were jolted by loud, explosion-like blasts striking down out of an innocent-looking sky. Most everybody suspected the Air Force, whose nearby Wright-Patterson Field is constantly testing peculiar and violent aircraft. But the Air Force admitted nothing.

Last week Daytonians had another sky-side bombardment. This time they got an explanation; the Air Force had done it on purpose. Before a distinguished audience of scientists and Air Force brass, two test pilots, Captain John C. Newman and Lieut. Harold Collins, climbed their F-86 jet fighters to...

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