AVIATION: Northwest Goes East

The U.S. got a fourth transcontinental airline last week. Northwest Airlines got permission from the Civil Aeronautics Board to extend its present route, from Seattle to Milwaukee, all the way to New York, via Detroit. But Northwest's tough, ambitious president, Croil Hunter, 51, will not be able to bite his plum till he can get some six or seven more planes—probably DC-3s at first—to fly the new route. As other transcontinental routes are overloaded, Hunter hopes that this will not take long.

Since he joined Northwest back in 1932 as traffic manager, Hunter has done things in a hurry. He rose...

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