Aviation: Back in the Fight

Grinning like a baseball pitcher who had just walloped a grand-slam homer, McDonnell Douglas Corp. President David S. Lewis stood up at a Chicago press conference last week and an nounced that "It is official now. We are going to produce the DC-10." Lewis' happy assurance was based on some of the best news his company had heard in months: United Air Lines had decided to buy 30 DC-10s at a total price of $465 million, and had taken options to buy 30 more of the huge three-engine planes. The order put McDonnell...