National Affairs: In a Gala Scuttle

No one knew how long the Berlin airlift would be needed. From the strictly economic viewpoint, the operation has been likened to carrying coal in a gold scuttle. But the U.S. Air Force last week took a step that was unmistakably businesslike. At the airbase at Great Falls, Mont., it opened a replacement training school for airlift pilots. A "little corridor" will be laid out on the surrounding plains, matching the 20-mile-wide lanes into Berlin. Traffic controls and communications will duplicate those in Germany. Training will include night and all-weather flying.

The Air Force was missing no bets. In a deal with...

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