AIR: Who Shall Be First?

Juan Terry Trippe, bold, indefatigable U.S. pioneer of international flying, has long realized that his Pan American Airways could not continue as a postwar monopoly. He has therefore advocated the "community company" (i.e., one overseas airline in which all U.S. transportation interests could participate) as the best U.S. policy in international aviation. Last week, for the first time, he publicly stated his whole case to Congress—which, in the end, must determine what U.S. policy will be.

Appearing before a Senate Commerce subcommittee on aviation, Pan Am's Trippe bluntly said that the U.S. would be forced to give up first place in...

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