AVIATION: Slicked Up

At Douglas Aircraft's plant in Santa Monica, workers this week put the finishing touches on the first DC-6A built for all-cargo operations. On the silver sides the pressurized, 325-m.p.h. plane was painted the owner's name: "Slick Airways Inc." Said 30-year-old Chairman Earl F. Slick: "For five years we didn't even know if we could stay alive. Now we can't grow fast enough."

Hard-driving Texan Slick was not merely talking Texas-style. Last week, he reported that in 1950 his all-freight airline finally got over the hump, had a $506,608 profit after taxes. It was the...

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