AVIATION: Phil Johnson

For 20 years, solid, hard-headed Philip Gustav Johnson, president of the Boeing Aircraft Co., did his best to take the romance out of aviation. But he never forgot the romantic characters of aviation's past. When the Army allowed the company to use a Flying Fortress for wartime business he picked George Willingham, a tiny, aging, ex-air-mail pilot, to fly it. Last week the plane, nicknamed The Drone, carried the pair from Seattle to Washington, D.C., a trip which had become routine since Johnson began mass production of the huge B-29 Superfortresses.


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