AIR: Pilot Shortage

Warplanes practically butted one another, so fast did they wheel off assembly lines and out to the edges of flying fields. There were scads of planes on hand, scads more to come.

But pilots to fly those planes was another matter. The Army Air Forces vowed that its training program was geared to match the plane output. But the factories were now outstripping the schools. Planes were built faster than the Flying Training Command could create crews.

The lag was discernible six months ago. Now it could no longer be ignored. Lines of planes...

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