CANADA: Bush Pilot's Ideal

On a rainswept runway at Toronto's Downsview Airport, a stubby little blue-grey plane took off after a 500-ft. run and nosed upward into a steep climb. It turned back over the field at 170 m.p.h., did tight circles and vertical banks. Then the pilot cut his speed to a plodding 55 m.p.h. and drifted over, waggling his wings to show his control of the aircraft even on the brink of a stall. At the landing, the brakes stopped the plane within 500 feet.

This air show, watched by U.S. Air Force procurement officers, was a dash of superfluous salesmanship by...

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