Science: The Red Jet

The Russian TU-104 jet transport that landed at London last week (see FOREIGN NEWS) caused a furious uproar in the British press. One panicked commentator called it "a world beater." The Daily Mail called it "more advanced than anything likely to be available in Britain or the U.S. for at least three years."

Its specifications as laid down by Moscow: a range of 2,000 miles, cruising at 500 m.p.h. at an altitude of 33,000 ft., carrying a crew of six plus 50 passengers in first-class comfort, or 70 passengers tourist style. In emergency operation, said the Russians, it can maintain an altitude...