West Germany: Aerospace Alliance

The fertile brains of German scientists gave the world its first military missiles and jet planes. After the war, the U.S. took over the technological lead, bringing its vast resources to bear on rocketry and space exploration. Last week an important corporate alliance joined the two traditions. In another of the expansion moves by U.S. firms that have so irritated many Europeans, Seattle's Boeing Co., the foremost U.S. producer of strategic-weapons systems, acquired a one-third interest in Bölkow GmbH, West Germany's most avant-garde aerospace research and development firm (1963 sales: $23.5...

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