AIR: Flight Skins

For years, Army & Navy airmen had feared an attack by economy-minded Congressmen on their most precious perquisite—flying pay. For flying more than four hours a month they get 50% added to their pay. The attack had not come during wartime, when combat conditions tend to equalize the hazards of the infantrymen and the aviator, but it came in Congress last week in the brave new light of peace.

Senators Overton and McKellar tried to force an amendment limiting "flight skins" to a maximum of $1,500 a year. Junior officers could still take comfort: nobody below the rank of major,...

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