Roy Goforth’s observations about the negative effects of letting aeronautical construction take flight overseas were a wakeup splash of cold water on this rather conservative face. I was comfortable in the assurance that other people in other places were perfectly capable of shaping metals, forming resin fibers and assembling nuts and bolts. What Goforth’s words drew to mind was the tribe: the basic unit of societal progress and intergenerational transference of skills. I had lunch among ...

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