AVIATION: MATS v. the Private Lines

Biggest airline in the world is the U.S. Air Force's Military Air Transport Service. It is also one of the most controversial. In fiscal 1959 MATS will spend more than half of its $535 million budget to operate 533 transport planes, many of them flying cargo and passengers in direct competition with commercial U.S. carriers. Last week a MATS plan to add ten new Douglas DC-8 jets to its fleet at a cost of $66 million ran into a turbulent stream of industry, Administration and congressional opposition. Complained Pennsylvania's Democratic Congressman Daniel...

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