The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 24, 1955 · Page 5
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 5

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, March 24, 1955
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THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 1955 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK,) COURIER NEWS PAGE FIVE Reds Can Now Match US Air Might in Orient By KBED SPARKS NKA Staff Correspondent TAIPEI — (NEA) — America must (ace this fresh depressing danger that shadows our adventure in the East China Seas: The Conimunists can now challenge the combined airpower in the Orient of the U. S. and Nationalist China. Control of the skies over the Straits of Formosa is the first step to the invasion of this island — an island we are pledged to dei'end. At the present rate of plane and airstrip buildup on the nearby mainland, Red China will soon be able to trigger the Battle for Formosa — an island they are pledged to conquer. It must indeed be shocking to the complacent souls who have ignored the new facts of life in Asia to realize that the United States would go into any such struggle with the odds against it — at least during the early stages. The odds could only be adjusted by stripping other vital areas of aircraft — or by employing various atomic weapons against Peking's primary points of power, an ultimate gamble that could bring the whole world to shambles. This is iridceed the heart of the matter as the spring of decision is on us and our diplomats, generals and admirals shuttle half-way around the world to the shabby briefing rooms of Taipei — as far from the air-conditioned Pentagon nerve center as you can possibly go. What they see on the clever maps GEN TIGER WONG'S mips tell a story of Red air power. owned not even an armed box-kite. • • * From zero the Chinese Communist Air Force fattened last on Russian advice and donations until a year later MIGs outnumbered our Sabrcjets over North Korea two to one. However, their pilots were as steady on the wheel as a motorist after a New Year's Eve whoopee parly. U. S. flyboys sent many graveward. The MIGs studied hard in Korea and by the time the truce was inked at Panmunjom they did well enough to delight their Soviet backseat drivers, no mean jet Jockeys themselves. Today the Chinese Communist Air Force has 2000 combat ready planes. Eight hundred point at For- mots like a pistol at a man with a spear. Four hundred are MIGs, Moscow's main muscle, plus Jet bombers. Only Allied Jet competent of tangling with MIGs today is the F-86 Sabrejet. Nationalists now study the Sabrejet, won't be able to fly it for months. minor topic. When, Chiang fled the mainland imd charts prepared by Chinese Air m igjn i, e brought his meager col- They have F-84 Thunderjets Force leader. Oen. "Tiger" Wong, ,„,„„.. nf ,,..„,, j,i rc ,. a ft What whlch " get down on ' ne declc " Is statistical proof of Red air power lec "° n ° f " led alrclaft ' What skeedaddle if a MIG shows. Above that makes the much discussed fu- wouldn't fly was left — a booby 20|000 teet the Thunderjet can ture of Quemoy and Malsu islands trapped gift. Then the Commies wrestle MIG as well as a Pekin- esc can wrestle a wolf. The U. S. has a few Snbrejcts on Formosa; more would streak in from Okinawo and the Philippines. Gen. Earl Partridge, U. S. Air Force Asiatic boss, admits he'd en- tor the Battle for Formosa with the odds three-to-one against him, not counting available Soviet jets parked In Manchuria. The Nationalists do not own a single modern bomber. Even though we've had longer experience at giving shooting Irons away to friends, the Soviets have been freer with their gifts in this Chinese Civil War. Our atomic bombers, snuggled under palm trees in the Mariana Islands, could smash Red China. But nobody out here thinks of a heavyweight war . Despite Klobe-eircllnjj intercontinental bombers, gassed by flying filling stations, landing strips for fighter planes are still essential to victory. Infantry invading without fighter cover would be leasing cemetery plots. In 1945 our propellered Mustang fighters flew eight hour missions from Iwa Jima to strafe Japan. Today's jet fighters are twice as fast, but run dry in one-quarter the time. To put MIGs in striking distance, Peking now builds strips on the Fukien coast next to Formosa. Construction of a massive jet strip at Luchow, near the Tachens, helped decide evacuation. With airstrips being polished off as far south as Foochow and Canton, life for anybody who cares 10 remain on Quemoy or Matsu will be quite lively in the weeks ahead. Unless the U. S. goes for broke and bombs the airstrips, they'll be able to start mothering MIGs in 75 days. American and Chinese Nationalist airmen agree: Step One would be for the Reds to lure the Nationalists' few jets into combat, crush them by sheer weight. Step Two: Invasion? An unproven factor in the game of numbers discussed above is jet planes housed by the Seventh Fleet. But no aviation student claims a carrier-based aircraft can spar a MIG. This is the new hard truth, revealed for all to see in recent days: It is no longer a question fo "Will the United States defend Fori mosa?" The question now is: "Can we?" IT. S. AIR MIGHT IN CHINA SEAS is symbol- — a lumbering, four-engine transport and (fore- lied by these two olancs at a Formosa air field ground) the tall of a Thundcrjel fighter plane. In Black Patent with Handbags to match DO-IT-YOURSELF INFLUENCE—Mrs. Cari Champion, who lives near Lexington, Okla., reaches up and places another "leaf" on her catalpa tree. If the leaves seem to have an odd shape, that's because they're really bright blue and yellow milk cartons. You see, Mrs. Champion can't stand the sight of a leafless catalpa in her yard, so she's doing something about it. W. S. Sharp Dies in Brinkley BRINKhKY, Ark. l/l'i •- William Wilson Sharp, 63, ii nii-'inbtT of the Board of Trustees at the University of Arkansas and at Ouachita College, died yesterday. Sharp was the keynote speaker at two state Democratic con volitions and a delegate to the national DcjuucruiU: convention in 1944. Aa a member of the university's Board of Trustees, Sharp was chairman of the Athletic Commit' tee and of the Steering Committee. When clwlrnmli of the Steering Committee, lie led the search for a new president for the university when Dr. Lewis Webster Jones re- sinned In 1051. Sharp had been in fulling health for the last five years but had been active until about two weeks ago. BRITISH BRITIIDAYS . Official 'birthdays of Brltfcn sovereigns usually are observed in J une and Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her birthday that . month, although her real birthday I is April 21. Roosevelt Was Strong Man At Yalta, Personal Aide Says CHICAGO fffi — Vice-Admiral Ross T. Mclntire, personal physician to the late President Roosevelt, asserted yesterday that FDR was the "strong man" of the Big Three conference at Yalta in 1945. Mclntire denied in an interview reported that President Roosevelt was sick both mentally and physically and therefore a pawn in the hands of the late Premier Stalin of Rushia. of Russia. "President Roosevelt was completely responsible for his acts at Yalta. He was physically tired but as mentally alert as I had ever seen him." He said FDR left the February 1945 conference with his aims accomplished: To bring Russia into the war against Japan, a promise that Russia would back Chiang Kai-shek and full sovereignty for Poland. 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