AMID all the welter of previews, reviews and post‐mortems on the S.B.A.C. Display we felt that if we were to enter the lists with still another domestic write‐up of the exhibits the occasion would tend to savour too much of a mere opportunity for mutual back‐slapping by the British Aircraft Industry and its supporters. We apprehended that we should be doing greater service to all concerned if we enlisted the aid of some outside contributor able to view the industry and its products from the unprejudiced viewpoint of a foreign outlook. We therefore invited M. CHARRIOU to write the survey of the exhibition which appears in this issue. He has the advantage for this purpose not only of being a well‐known figure in French aviation circles, familiar with the industry of that country, but also of having recently visited and seen the products of the rest of Western Europe as well as of the United States of America. He has, consequently, been able to compare what he saw at Farnborough with contemporary aeroplanes and ancillary products of the principal aircraft‐producing nations overseas.
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