Manhattan and its neighborhood last week was struggling to get out of its commercial airport muddle. It was the sort of struggle which other U. S. communities may be obliged to face.

The continental U. S. has little more than 1,300 formal airports and landing fields properly lighted and marked, although about 900 more are proposed and 4,000 casual ones exist (lots owned by municipalities, corporations, clubs, commissions and individuals). California has the most good fields, 143. Texas has 101, Pennsylvania 83, Ohio 62, Illinois 60, Oklahoma 46, New York 43, Iowa 38....

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