"The Vanishing Draftee" Various categories can avoid the draft, and that is unacceptable. All the boys need to go to Korea unless they know science. Hence, Universal Military Training coming back, as you've heard again and again and again. Would that include Coloureds? Because I think I see the problem.
en Lee, "Congress Questions Contract Slow-Down" and "Kaiser Bids for C-119 License" feature my favourite kind of news: indecipherable political news out of Washington that doesn't go anywhere, mainly about contracts being slow to place, and Uncle Henry angling for cheap publicity. Following up on the first kind of news, "Manpower Supply Crisis Looms". Which would be bigger news if it hadn't been looming since the 80 group air force was first mooted more than a year ago. I mean, obviously it will get worse if the draft takes more men, but on the other hand if the draft exempts aviation industry workers, it will push men into the business, right? Oh, and the Air Force is starting its liaison plane evaluation. It's a hrilling question of what small private plane will fly for the Air Force in small numbers for a few years while they persuade helicopters to eat their Wheaties and grow up into real planes! Aro Commander? Navion? Cessna 195? Atlas H-10 (who?)? Beaver? Bellanca? The suspense is killing the people who own shares in those companies! Also, the CAA is thinking about forming a "group" to evaluate prototypes.
There's also a bit about a venturi booster, suitable to small, carbureted engines and a typical story about an overhaul dock, this one Northwest's dock for the Stratoliner at St. Paul. Like the Stratoliner itself, it is huge.
"Shrinking Bridgehead" Reporting from Hungnam, Time watches Koreans helping themselves to the depots, troops setting fire to unlootable supplies, the Engineers blowing up rail bridges along with 30 locomotives and 400 old cars (they couldn't bring themselves to blow up a batch of circa 1950 Japanese railcars), and men being ferried out to Japanese and Norwegian ships in LCVIs, as only one Korean LST can make it to the beach, and, as Uncle George says, only the Koreans are much interested in evacuating civilians (up to and including armed ROK "civilians"), anyway. Considering how much the Americans are blowing up around Hungnam, it might be a good time to get out, anyway.
Press, Radio and Television, Art, People
Allison sends in some nice photographs of the Turboliner.
Donald Kramer of Farm Bureau Life clarifies that in a talk on increasing costs in the air industry, Murray D. Lincoln meant that aircraft part costs had risen almost three times, not planes. F. Q. Tredway of the Southern Pacific is upset that Aviation Week is upset at rail's anti-air advertising. Slick Airways responds to a dangerous lack of Slick Airways-related material in the current issue by writing in a letter pointing out that Slick Airways is very slick. Jack Daniels (seriously!) of SerVair Associates writes in with something about government-backed loans and how you can't get money from the banks for less than 5%. Hayes Dever of Capital Airlines thought that the article about the Super DC-3 was great and that the Super DC-2 is great, and if anyone wants to find out just how great, Capital Airlines has some for sale as soon as Douglas actually delivers. (I made up the last part. Sort of.)