Science: Quiet, Please

Almost every U.S. town wants an airfield of its own. But when the local Chamber of Commerce or the American Legion post tries to establish one, prospective neighbors complain bitterly and point to some other part of town. Better no airport at all than one so close that plane noises will panic the chickens and disturb folks' sleep.

Well aware of this understandable resistance to progress, NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) regards it as a serious obstacle to the development of aviation, and in particular of amateur flying. Last week NACA offered a...

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