Aviation: Squabble to Be First

Four phone calls were made from Washington last week to the presidents of the nation's four leading airlines. On the line was Najeeb Halaby, who heads the Federal Aviation Agency and is the President's principal aviation adviser. Halaby was about to appear before a Senate hearing to argue the Administration's case for a $60 million appropriation to get a U.S. supersonic jetliner program moving — and he needed some help. What about placing some orders, asked Halaby, even though the final design of the U.S. plane has not been decided on. U.S....

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