Background For War: MAN IN THE FIRST PLANE

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For an airliner, the 463-mile flight from Fort Worth to Kansas City is a matter of two hours, but for the B-36 bomber that waddled out onto the runway one day last week, the flight would take some 30 hours and its course would take it over 7,000 miles. Shortly after noon, the long, blimp-nosed craft, her six propellers glinting in the sun, climbed out westward from her Texas base, on past the sandy fringes of California, high over the glazed emptiness of the Pacific; then her navigator pointed her northward to...

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