Science: Faster, Faster

Two daredevil, not-so-young Britons flew faster last week than men had ever flown before in level flight. At Herne Bay, England, a Gloster Meteor jet plane, piloted by Group Captain H. J. ("Willie") Wilson, 37, of the R.A.F. made four 70-mile runs at an average speed of 606 miles per hour.-In the same type of plane, Eric Greenwood, 38, of the Gloster Aircraft Co. flew nearly as fast. For a while Greenwood thought he had the record. When photographic timing showed him beaten, he was ready with the British sportsman's typical comment: "Really? Good old Willie."

Both pilots were taking risks: they...