THE NATION: The Indefatigable Drive

With something like the grudging irritation that Queen Isabella's customs men must have felt when they waved Columbus into the black Atlantic, New York's kingly Port Authority last week granted limited permission to two airlines to operate commercial jet transports from Idlewild Airport. Within hours, the British Overseas Airways Corp. had hurriedly rounded up twelve paying passengers and

19 freeloaders, stuffed them breathlessly aboard a jet Comet IV, was off from London with a roar, landing at Idlewild, after breasting headwinds, in ten hours,

20 minutes. Soon after that Comet took off,...

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