Aircraft: The Large Economy Size

When United Air Lines Flight 191 took off last week from Los Angeles International Airport on its maiden run to Honolulu, it ushered in a new era in commercial aviation. The plane making the flight, with 166 passengers aboard, was the first Douglas Aircraft DC-8-61 to go into service. The world's largest commercial jetliner, it has a maximum passenger capacity of 251 (v. the Boeing 707's 199). Big as the DC-8-61 is, it is only a start. By 1969, Boeing plans deliveries on its 490-passenger 747. And by the mid-1970s Lockheed expects to turn out a commercial version of...

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