World War: U.S. on Test

The R.A.F. last week laid low the myth that U.S. aircraft manufacturers cannot build fighters fit for World War II. The first R.A.F. squadron equipped with the first U.S. planes designed for full fighter duty in Great Britain tried out its wings. The ship was Lawrence D. ("Larry") Bell's Airacobra.

From a rolling green-sodded R.A.F. airdrome, the Airacobras tucked up their tricycle undercarriages, climbed like express elevators and turned east in a sweep, searching for Germans. In the air they looked like ducks. Their long necks were stiff with a fast-firing 20-mm. cannon...

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