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SU BCOMMITTEE ON DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE APPROPRIATIONS
GEORGE H. MAHON, Texas, Chairman
JOHN TABER, New York
Printed for the use of the Committee on Appropri
WASHINGTON : 1952
COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
CLARENCE CANNON, Missouri, Chairman JOHN H. KERR, North Carolina
JOHN TABER, New York GEORGE H. MAHON, Texas
RICHARD B. WIGGLESWORTH, Massachusetts HARRY R. SHEPPARD, California BEN F. JENSEN, Iowa ALBERT THOMAS, Texas
H. CARL ANDERSEN, Minnesota MICHAEL J. KIRWAN, Ohio
WALT HORAN, Washington W. F. NORRELL, Arkansas
GORDON CANFIELD, New Jersey ALBERT GORE, Tennessee
IVOR D. FENTON, Pennsylvania JAMIE L, WHITTEN, Mississippi
LOWELL STOCKMAN, Oregon GEORGE W. ANDREWS, Alabama
JOHN PHILLIPS, California JOHN J. ROONEY, New York
ERRETT P. SCRIVNER, Kansas J. VAUGHAN GARY, Virginia
FREDERIC R. COUDERT, JR., New York JOE B. BATES, Kentucky
CLIFF CLEVENGER, Ohio
EARL WILSON, Indiana
GLENN R. DAVIS, Wisconsin
FRED E. BUSBEY, Illinois
FRED G. AANDAHL, North Dakota
GEORGE Y. HARVEY, Clerk
HON. THOMAS K. FINLETTER, SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE
Mr. Mahon. The committee will come to order.
Secretary Finletter, we are pleased to have you and the Under
GENERAL STATEMENT OF SECRETARY FINLETTER
This budget asks for new obligational authority for the fiscal year
Under this $20.7 billion appropriation the Air Force would move from its presently authorized 80 combat wings, 15 troop-carrier groups, and support units toward a force of 126 combat wings, 17 troop-carrier groups, and support units.
The mere statement of numbers of wings does not tell the importance of this appropriations request. The importance lies in what this 126 combat-wing force, when it comes into being, will do to prevent the happening of war.
The Air Force today is already a strong force. It now consists of 75 combat wings, 15 troop-carrier groups, and support units. However, many of these wings and other units are not fully modernized.
The present force, as I have said, is a strong one. It is doing its part in making it obvious that the free world is capable of defending itself and that an attack on us would be most unprofitable.
The 126 combat-wing force looks ahead a few years and prepares for the different conditions of that time—a time when possible enemies will be stronger than now, especially in atomic weapons, a time when the power and carrying capacity of United States air also will have to be much greater than it is now, if we and the rest of the free world are to be safe.