AVIATION: Hedgehopping

U.S. aircraft builders, who know only too well how long it takes to step up military plane production to capacity, were worried last week. After three weeks of war they had received no new orders, nor any indication from business-as-usual Washington that any new orders were planned.

Yet the U.S. was far worse off in military plane production than it had been at the time of Pearl Harbor, when it had had the benefit of two full years of preparation for war including French and British orders (see chart). By the end of...

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