DEFENSE: Jet to Jet

Showing off the quality of its fast-building force of Century-series jet planes and especially the capabilities of its new KC-135 jet air-to-air refueling tankers, the U.S. Air Force brought down a whole set of "high-speed flight records. Blasting off a runway at Ontario International Airport near Los Angeles one morning last week, four McDonnell RF-101 jets headed for New York. Coursing at 40.000 to 50,000 ft. over Albuquerque, Oklahoma City. St. Louis and Pittsburgh, the pilots of the twin-jet Voodoos dropped down only to 35,000 ft. for four or five refuelings at...

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