FRANCE: Bungling in the Air

The Finance Committee of the French Senate last week issued a shocking, 100-page report on bungling in the nationalized French aircraft industry. The report compiled by Senator Marcel Pellenc, who enjoys a reputation for honesty and technical know-how, charged&: ¶ Although the French aircraft industry had been voted a $250 million credit for modern military aircraft, the government has done little or nothing about getting them into production. ¶ France's chief fighter plane, the British-designed Vampire 5, now in production at a "normal rate," is obsolete. ¶ France's only up-to-date fighter plane, the Marcel Dassault 450, exists only in...

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