AVIATION: Caught Flatfooted

Why are U.S. plane manufacturers behind the British in the development of jet transport planes? Last week Joseph J. O'Connell, chairman of the Civil Aeronautics Board, told the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce that the reason, in effect, was indecision by the planemakers and confusion in Washington.

"A year and a half ago ... I toured a number of manufacturing plants and airline installations," he said. "I was new enough to the business and just naive enough to believe that since jets were being built for and flown by the military they might...

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