AVIATION: Dogfight

Northwest Airlines, whose ads have sung the praises of its fleet of ten Boeing Stratocruisers, last week sued Boeing Airplane Co. for $24.7 million over the planes. The charges: Boeing had delivered the Stratocruisers 2½ years late (costing Northwest $17.2 million in traffic revenue and extra expenses), and the planes had so many bugs that Northwest had to spend more than $6,000,000 getting rid of them.

"The Stratocruiser is a wonderful plane," Northwest's President Croil Hunter hastened to add. "It is the greatest passenger airplane flying today. But we had to spend a lot of money making corrections which should...

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