THE NATION: Lost Illusion

Despite occasional warnings, the U.S. public has had a comfortable feeling about the nation's Air Force. Its generals boast of its power to devastate any area anywhere in the world. The superiority of U.S. planes is an article of U.S. faith. The U.S.'s "overwhelming" air superiority, the public has been told again & again, is all that has kept the U.N. in Korea.

Last week all these comfortable assumptions were severely jarred. Just back from Korea, the Air Force's Chief of Staff Hoyt S. Vandenberg reported that the U.S. Air Force is in...

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