HAD conditions in England returned to the pre‐war normal we should have signalized the appearance of this our two‐hundredth number by producing a “bumper” issue with something approaching perhaps to the sixty‐four editorial pages with which we celebrated the tenth anniversary of our inauguration in our issue of March, 1939. But unfortunately things are as yet very far from being back to normal in any way—the food, clothing, even soap, and general labour position having in fact markedly deteriorated in this country since V‐E and V‐J days—and we are still subject to the Paper Control and precluded from increasing the number of pages in any one issue above the limits within which we have been confined since 1942. In parenthesis it may be remarked that it has been all the more galling at this juncture to notice that the number of pages constituting the most recently received issues of two prominent American aeronautical journals is in the one case 282 and in the other 372—compared with the 72, editorial and advertisement pages combined, to which we are reduced. Our readers must therefore remain content with the beggarly provender which is all that we are allowed to put before them.
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