National Affairs: Ceiling Unlimited

With routine briskness, a U.S. Air Force officer walked into Berlin's four-power Air Safety Center one day last fortnight, filed a flight plan for an incoming C-130 Lockheed Hercules turboprop transport plane. Altitude for the flight through the Berlin air corridor to the Communist-surrounded city: 25,000 ft. Instantly, the Soviet representative at A.S.C. protested; ever since the four powers occupied Berlin, the Russians have arbitrarily set an altitude ceiling for non-Russian planes at 10,000 ft., reserved the airspace above for themselves. The U.S. officer shrugged casually at the protest. The Russian...

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