AVIATION: Enter the DC-8 Jets

United Airlines and Delta Air Lines soared into the jet age last week with the first commercial flights of the Douglas DC-8. Slightly slower than the Boeing 707 (550 m.p.h. v. 540 m.p.h.). the DC-8 boasts a few new passenger comforts, such as its unitized seat with fold-out table, reading lamp, call and air-flow buttons. With the jet, Delta, which put it in service from New York to Atlanta, got the jump on its chief competitor; Eastern Air Lines will not start jet service until January. For United, the coast-to-coast nonstop service...

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