AVIATION: The Battle Begins

Pan American Airways' claim to be the indispensable international airline was threatened last week. The Civil Aeronautics Board opened hearings on applications for new air routes to Latin America. Promptly eleven airlines and five steamship companies appeared, prepared to prove that they should be allowed to share the southern sky lanes over which, for 17 years, Pan Am clippers have droned in almost lone supremacy.

The hearings were far & away the most important that young, earnest Lloyd Welch Pogue, 44, CAB's chairman, has yet scheduled. When the Board members finally decide—not before April 1945—they may settle once & for all...

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