Science: Aircraft to Come

Airplanes, only 50 years old this year, have grown up quickly from the feebly powered box kites of the Wright brothers into rocket planes that fly more than twice as fast as sound. In such a fast-changing field, crystal-gazing is risky, but last week at a Manhattan meeting of the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences, Dr. C. C. Furnas, director of the Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory, prophesied about aviation's next 50 years.

Dr. Furnas does not think much of nuclear power for aircraft. It will be used for specialized military purposes, he predicts, but not in...

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