Aircraft: On the Line

Despite the fact that the Administration at year's end named Boeing and General Electric as the winners of the competition to build the U.S.'s first supersonic jet transport, the big bird has remained in a stall. In a bind over budget and congressional problems, President Johnson held back on funds that Boeing and G.E. need to make prototypes. Last week, however, the Administration hit on a new maneuver to start the SST toward the sky.

Quite simply, the Administration wants more tangible support from the most voluble champions of the SST. This week chiefs of the plane's U.S. customers—eleven...

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