Aerospace: Bagging the Big One

Rarely had the Pentagon seen such bitter infighting. For the past year Boeing and General Dynamics have been locked in battle for the contract to build a bi-service tactical fighter plane called the TFX. It is quite a prize. So advanced is the TFX that some airmen contend it will be the last manned fighter plane.

Utilizing a retractable "variable-sweep" wing, the TFX will enable man to fly almost like a bird. To take off, soar and land, it will straighten its wings for maximum lift; in flight it will tuck its wings...

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