Science: Boost for the Flying Wing

A sensational advance in industrial technique was revealed last week and immediately opened the way for major advances in the aviation industry. The new technique: arc-welding of magnesium. Result: the further development of the so-called flying wing—a weird, batlike plane with no tail, no fuselage and an extraordinary efficiency (TIME, Oct. 27). Some other results:

> Magnesium—one-third lighter than aluminum—can now become a primary aeronautical material, rivaling aluminum and competing with stainless steel (TIME, June 22), instead of remaining a secondary metal used only in engine parts, wheels, accessories.

> Construction of planes, especially their wings, can be much simplified and cheapened.

> Magnesium...

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