AVIATION: Buy American

Britain's troubled aircraft industry last week got one more blow in a long series of wallops to British pride and pocketbook. British Overseas Airways Corp., the Empire's biggest airline, formally applied to the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation for permission to buy 19 U.S.-built Douglas DC-7C airliners for its transoceanic routes. BOAC and its Chairman Sir Miles Thomas, who once placed their bets on the ill-fated Comet jet transports, now want a modified version of the piston-engined DC-7 of U.S. airlines, enlarged to carry 68 passengers nonstop across the Atlantic. Cost:...

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