SHORTLY after the holding in America in May this year of the second Anglo‐American Conference arranged jointly by the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences—the first having taken place in London in September 1947—we received a very brief summary of the paper on ‘Turbine‐engined Transport Aircraft’ presented by Mr G. R. Edwards of Vickers‐Armstrongs Ltd. We at once realized its outstanding interest and importance and sought Mr Edwards' permission to publish it in full in Aircraft Engineering. He readily granted this but unfortunately the Institute preferred—as was, of course, its right—to withhold the full text till it could appear in the full report of the Conference, which it is hoped to publish early next year at the price of 15 dollars. The Institute, however, had no objection to our publishing an extended summary of it. As we learnt that the paper had not been circulated before the meeting, at which an abbreviated version only was read, and therefore there had been no opportunity of studying it even by those present at the Conference, we felt that we should be doing useful service if we made available as full a version of it as possible at an early date. Feeling that the abbreviated version read at the meeting—which was very kindly made available to us—gave a less true picture of the value of the full paper, which we had by then had an opportunity of studying, than we desired, we persuaded Mr Edwards to have another, and still fuller, version prepared specially for us and it is this which appears in this issue.
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