Science: Danger at 40,000 Feet

"Explosive decompression" is what happens to passengers and crew members of a pressurized airliner when a window blows out at high altitude. Announcing that it had made some experiments on the subject, the Civil Aeronautics Administration said soothingly last week that such disasters are no great peril just now, because airliners do not fly high enough. But cruising altitudes are increasing. In an effort to make airplane manufacturers fully conscious of future dangers, the CAA made a movie which chilled the blood of hard-boiled air designers who saw it.

At the CAA's aeromedical...

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