AVIATION: Wounded Fledgling

Boeing Airplane Co.'s engineers lined the runway at their Renton, Wash, plant one sunny day last week to see their swept-wing 707, the first U.S. jet tanker-transport, get ready for her maiden flight. As they watched, Chief Test Pilot Tex Johnson gunned the four engines from an idling whine to a full roar, let the big jet sweep down the runway at 80 m.p.h., then eased on the brakes to test the 95-ton plane's ground response. After the first ground run, Tex gave his opinion: "A lovely ship." But Tex spoke too soon....

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