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WORLD AIR TRANSPORT O.C. SAN FRANCISCO, June 25. The battle for world air supremacy between American and British interests has been discussed for many months, both in England and the United States, .but now another competitor has appeared on the horizon in a bid advanced by Portugal. Colonel Humberto Delgado, an army pilot, professor of the staff college for air and DirectorGeneral of Civil Aeronautics in Premier Salazar's Government, has arrived in California to look o -r er the commercial aviation situation.

"We Portuguese are in the best aviation position in the world and we are going into civil aeronautics in a big way," he said. Colonel Delgado pointed to a map to prove what he said. Portugal is on the far western edge of South Europe, with the shortest route from Europe to Rio de Janeiro and from Europe to New York.

Also, he said, weather conditions were much better than on the northern transatlantic route. Moreover. Portugal owns the Azores, an ideal refuelling place for the New York route, and the Cape Verde Islands, a stop on the way to Brazil. Colonel Delgado had another reason to visit California, as he was here to buy three Douglas Cs3's, which he said he was going to have converted for passenger use. "We already have ten planes," Colonel Delgado said. "So far we have one line from Lisbon to Casablanca and Tangier. Next we nlan one from Lisbon to Madrid, then Lisbon to Rio. and eventually Lisbon to New York."

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BID BY PORTUGAL, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 179, 31 July 1945

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BID BY PORTUGAL Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 179, 31 July 1945

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