WE make no apology for reproducing here, through the kindness of the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation and the Institute of the Aeronautical Services, the paper on the development of the Shooting Star by MR CLARENCE JOHNSON, although this has already appeared in the Institute's journal, because comparatively few of our British and Continental readers—and even of those in the United States—particularly among the students and junior members of the Industry, belong to the Institute and therefore see its journal regularly. Nor need we, perhaps, we feel, express any deep contrition for the fact that the paper appears here over a year after the date of its original reading at a meeting of the Institute, since the lag has been largely due to inevitable delay in obtaining prints of the many photographs from America—partly no doubt owing to difficulty in releasing them until after publication in the Journal of the Aeronautical Sciences, which only took place in December. Members of the Royal Aeronautical Society will be specially interested in the appearance of the paper in these pages because it was referred to by Professor Lickley in his recent lecture on ‘The Evolution of the Design of an Aeroplane’, and they will now have an opportunity of studying the two together.
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