National Affairs: Aerial Slingshots

"The U.S., which whipped the Jap air defense to its knees and then walked in and dropped an atomic bomb, now finds itself in the same position. It cannot stop an enemy bomber coming in at high altitude." This alarming statement came last week from an arms expert working for the Defense Department's top-level Research and Development Board. He is one of a group of arms men who spent months examining combat reports from Korea and evaluation tests at the Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground. Their conclusions: ¶ The World War II-model guns mounted on U.S. interceptors — a .50-cal. machine...

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