National Affairs: AIRMAN'S PROGRESS

Principal take-offs and landings in General Vandenberg's flight to the top of the U.S. Air Force:

Vital Statistics: Born Jan. 24,1899, in Milwaukee, where his well-to-do father was a traction and power company executive. Grew up in Lowell, Mass., where' his family moved when he was seven; made regular winter trips with his family to Florida. Was always a great favorite of his father's brother, the late Arthur Vandenberg, U.S. Senator from Michigan (1928-51).

Education: Shifted frequently (to the detriment of his report card) between schools in Massachusetts and Florida; at West Point was strong on sports (polo, hockey), weak on studies (especially...

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