ARMED FORCES: 45 Seconds to Death

WESTOVER AIR FORCE BASE, MASS., FRIDAY JUNE 27—(UPl) THE FIRST OF

FOUR SWEPT-WING JET STRATOTANKERS SCHEDULED TO ATTEMPT TO SET JET-AGE SPEED RECORDS ACROSS THE ATLANTIC OCEAN TOOK OFF JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT.

The news tickers were already aclatter with the bulletins late that night, as the second of four Boeing KC-135 jet tankers lined up on Runway 23 at Westover. The rain that fell a few hours earlier had washed away the fog, and now visibility was good, and the skies were smeared with only a slight overcast. The first plane, Alpha, was...

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