Science: Interceptor Mission

Crouching spraddle-legged on the parking strips at McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., a line of sleek, grey jet planes with round plastic noses waits day & night for the summons to take the air. They are "all-weather interceptors" (Lockheed F-94s of the 52nd Fighter All-Weather Wing), ready to leap at a moment's notice into action against an enemy invader. The signal they are waiting for is a speck on a radarscope, picked up perhaps in Newfoundland or on a ship at sea. If the Russians come over the pole or Greenland (the shortest route),...

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