AVIATION: Spreading Wings

On the world's airways, one fact was plain: the Air Age needed a lot of supercharging from state subsidies to maintain flying speed. Because of subsidies, free-enterprising American-flag lines, once way ahead, could now see a handful of foreign lines, state-supported in varying degrees, creeping up on their tails. On the choicest route—the North Atlantic—the American lines were still well in front. The Pacific Ocean was still an American lake. But over the land mass of Asia, the British, Dutch and French lines were pressing hard; Air France has just opened a...

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