YUGOSLAVIA: Playing Both Sides

Although Communist Tito generally acts like a well-compensated character, he has one deeply frustrated ambition: he wants to build fighting airplanes.

To prove that it is possible, he had his air experts put together a jet fighter with parts cribbed from all over Europe. Tito then asked Britain, France, Italy and the U.S. for rights to produce aircraft under licence. But Yugoslavia is a peasant country and lacks the skilled labor to make jet planes. Since the U.S. economic aid program is designed to provide Yugoslavia with a well-balanced and well-timed economic...

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