Business: Connie v. Comet

Some pessimists fear that Britain's swift but short-ranged jet Comets will capture air-transport supremacy from U.S. planes. Last week, Lockheed Aircraft Corp. tried to cheer up the mourners. It showed off the first model of its "turbo-compounded" Super Constellation, a piston-type plane which will not only carry about three times as many passengers (99) as the Comet I, but cover long hauls in less elapsed time. It is the first transport, said Lockheed, which will be able to guarantee nonstop flights from New York to Europe on a regular-fare, scheduled basis.*

The Super Connie...

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