Business: Demon on the Ground

In a Washington hearing room last week a House Government Operations subcommittee started to investigate the fiasco of the Navy's F3H1 Demon jet fighters, built by McDonnell Aircraft and powered by Westinghouse engines. Five of the carrier planes crashed and four more are flying with other engines; 21, never to fly, may be used only for Navy ground training. Estimated loss: $200 million.

What the probers brought out was a story of men under pressure straining to do the best job they could, and making mistakes. J. S. McDonnell, president of St. Louis' McDonnell...

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