THE Aircraft Conference which we report on another page is closely connected with a feeling that has been showing itself in England lately that in this country we have allowed ourselves to get into a position of inferiority in aeroplane design in comparison with America. This sort of mass‐diffidence is a very curious and interesting phenomenon, because no individual designer really believes that any American designer, if he had to work to the same specification and conditions, would, in fact, produce an aeroplane in any way superior to what he can design himself—or nearly as good. But in some strange way, when people begin to talk to one another and mention the latest designs in other countries they develop a sort of hypnosis, almost amounting to hysteria, which induces an inferiority complex.
(1935), "Aeronautical Research and the Industry: Minor Adjustments Needed to Produce Closer Co‐operation", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 7 No. 8, pp. 187-188. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb029954
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