PUBLIC LAWS-CH. 357-JULY 30, 1947 transportation of materials in connection with consolidation of Air Development of Corps activities; experimental investigations and purchase and craft. development of new types of aircraft, accessories thereto, and aviation engines, including plans, drawings, and specifications thereof; faturead cnstuc- purchase, manufacture, and construction of aircraft, and instruments tion of aircraft. and appliances, including radio, radar, and electronic equipment, necessary for the operation, construction, or equipment of aircraft, and spare parts and equipment connected therewith; air crew and aircraft rescue and fire fighting equipment, including trucks and boats; arkingofmilitary marking of military airways where the purchase of land is not involved; purchase, manufacture, and issue of special clothing, wearing apparel, and similar equipment for aviation purposes; expenses connected with the sale or disposal of surplus or obsolete aeronautical equipment, and the rental of buildings and other facilities Consulting engi- for the handling or storage of such equipment; services of not more than four consulting engineers at experimental stations of the Air Corps as the Secretary of War may deem necessary, at rates of pay to be fixed by him not to exceed $50 a day for not exceeding forty days each and necessary traveling expenses; purchase of special apparatus and appliances, repairs, and replacements of same used in connection with special scientific medical and meteorological research in the Prnting plants. Air Corps; maintenance and operation of Air Corps printing plants outside of the District of Columbia authorized in accordance with law; special furniture, supplies and equipment for offices, shops, and laboratories; special services, including the salvaging of wrecked Payment of claims. aircraft; payment of claims resulting from the operation of aircraft, 31sU. st.3:. 215- under the provisions of the Act of July 3, 1943 (31 U. S . C. 223b), 217 notes, 223b , 223c. as amended, and the Federal Tort Claims Act of August 2, 1946 60 Stat. 842 . ( 28 U.8.C. §921§, 92 , (Public Law 601); $829,272,100: Provided, That in addition to said 9Post, 4p72. appropriation the Secretary may, prior to July 1, 1948, enter into contracts for procurement and construction of aircraft and equipment, spare parts and accessories, to an amount not in excess of $430,000,000. IEDICAL DEPARTMENT Supplies. Care and treatment of patients. Epidemic and con- tagious diseases. Nurses, cooks, and other civilians. MEDICAL AND HOSPITAL DEPARTMENT For the manufacture and purchase of medical and hospital supplies for military posts, camps, hospitals, hospital ships and transports, and supplies required for mosquito destruction in and about military posts in the Canal Zone; operation of the Army Medical Library and Museum under the direct supervision of the Surgeon General; pur- chase of veterinary supplies and hire of veterinary surgeons; expenses of medical supply depots and maintenance of branch depots; medical care and treatment of patients when entitled thereto by law, regula- tion, or contract, including their care, treatment and subsistence in private hospitals, whether on duty or on furlough or on leave of absence except when elective medical treatment has been obtained by such personnel in civilian hospitals or from civilian physicians or dentists; medical care and treatment of authorized personnel of any country whose defense the President deems vital to the defense of the United States when such care and treatment cannot be obtained from medical units of their own country; care and treatment of epidemic and contagious diseases in the Army or at military posts or stations including measures to prevent the spread thereof, and the payment of reasonable damages, not otherwise provided for, for bedding and clothing injured or destroyed in such prevention; pay of male and female nurses, not including the Army Nurse Corps, and of cooks and other civilians employed for the proper care of patients, under 560 [61 STAT.