Science: The Jet

A military secret that is becoming too big a cat to be kept in the bag, got partly out last week. WPB announced that production of jet-propelled planes, the latest and most revolutionary thing in aviation, is being sharply stepped up; by next year the jets may be the biggest single item in the U.S. plane-building program. Recent performances by new types have been so sensational that most plane designers now believe the propeller-driven airplane is obsolete, may be largely displaced in the final drive against Japan.

The Bell P-59, only U.S. jet plane...

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