AVIATION: Smooth Weather

When Donald William Nyrop was elected president of Northwest Airlines in 1954, he figured that he was in for a rough ride. Northwest had a long history of woes with its planes, pilots, presidents (two chiefs in two years) and with Pan American World Airways, which was lobbying hard to bump Northwest off the lucrative Seattle-Portland-Honolulu run. By last week Don Nyrop, 46, had piloted Northwest through all those storms. In 1958, said Nyrop, the line's operating revenues climbed from $83.4 million to a record $101 million, and profits through November rose...

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