Key to Air Supremacy

THE cold war has created a new kind of industrial battlefield. Obscure and little-known, it lies behind closed laboratory doors. There, researchers for industry and Government are tackling the problem of developing and perfecting wonder metals"—those metals capable of meeting the unparalleled strains and stresses of the jet and atomic age. Aircraft builders have already laid down this axiom: the nation which first masters the use of wonder metals will rule the air.

Jet engines often reach temperatures3,700° Fahrenheit at the core of their blast hot enough to burn ordinary...

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