The Passionate Engineer

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"Donald Douglas [is] the cornerstone of American air power"

—Major Alexander P. de Seversky.

Donald Wills Douglas is a tall, good-looking, brown-eyed, brown-haired, brown-tweedy sort of man, who acts as if he doesn't really believe in the future of aviation. He dislikes flying, and flies as rarely as possible. Prophets of "the coming Air Age" bore him. Two examples of his attitude toward aviation's future:

On one of his grudging plane trips, he landed at air-minded Oklahoma City. Up rushed a reporter. He wanted Planemaker Douglas' opinion of Oklahoma City's project: a...

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