AVIATION: Jets Across the U.S.

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Ever since Orville Wright took to the air in 1903, the progress of commercial aviation has been evolutionary. Planes grew bigger and faster, in predictable steps; for the past quarter-century they have increased their speed each year by 8 m.p.h. Today all that is ancient history. Evolution has become revolution with the age of the jet.

The jet will fly nearly twice as fast and nearly twice as high as the present piston planes, pack 40 times the power in its turbine engines. It will shrink the world by 40%, making no...

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