AVIATION: Out with a Roar

The man who wrestled BOAC, Britain's state-owned airline, out of its postwar tail spin stepped away from the controls last week with a blast at "irksome political interference." After turning a 1948 loss of $30 million into a 1954 profit of $4,000,000, Sir Miles Thomas, 59, quit as BOAC chairman and chief executive.

Sir Miles had fought bureaucratic red tape and Britain's planemakers throughout his eight years at BOAC. He stirred up storms by pruning BOAC's staff from 24,000 to 18,000. And he galled Britons by replacing British planes with U.S. Boeing Stratocruisers and Lockheed Constellations. Recently, he ordered Douglas DC-7Cs...

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