AVIATION: Lockheed Finance

"Look to Lockheed for leadership" is a slogan which zooming Lockheed Aircraft's President Robert Gross likes to underline in all his ads. Last week Bob Gross looked up from his billion-dollar backlog of fighters, bombers and Army transports long enough to announce a pioneering move to maintain Lockheed leadership in the postwar world: the purchase (for $3,750,000) of a controlling interest in the Pacific Finance Corp. of California.

Before San Francisco's hydra-headed Transamerica Corp. (see p. 78) took it over in 1941 and absorbed a good part of its installment-paper portfolio, Pacific...

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