Business: Last of the Tudor IVs

In the first lap of the postwar international air race, Britain had bet on the long-beaked Avro Tudor. Britain hoped the Tudor would help the nation get by without using U.S. planes until its jet transports were ready. The Ministry of Supply, which buys all aircraft for the government's three big international lines, ordered 16 Tudor Is for British Overseas Airways Corp. When the Tudor Is were tested, their performance was so poor that BOAC refused to accept them. Eventually British South American Airways took four Tudor IVs for its South Atlantic run...