EUROPE: Thoughts & Actions

On the sixth anniversary of the liberation of Paris last week, the air over the French capital was filled with the whoosh of jet fighters. At an airfield, loudspeakers barked out flight orders in a mixture of English and French: "Castor Bleu, scramble . . . Cobra Jaune, en readiness dans quatre minutes" For three days, 450 planes of the Dutch, Belgian, British and French air forces, supplemented by U.S. B-29s, carried out Western Union's first air maneuvers. Exulted a French colonel: "Today there is actually a European air force . . . Maybe we're just a little ahead...

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