Armed Forces: New Air Chief

Nominated last week as the next Air Force Chief of Staff, after years of public and Pentagon wondering if he would ever make the grade: General Curtis Emerson LeMay, 54, a bulky (5 ft. 10½ in., 185 lbs.), cigar-smoking Ohio State graduate* whose brusque personality and bluntly voiced military philosophy have often stirred more public notice than have his real and remarkable abilities.

Curt LeMay is not much of a hand for chitchat. When his aides, in reporting, begin to stray from the subject at hand, Curt is certainly curt: "Stop, you're talking nonsense." Recently subjected to an interview by a...

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