Aviation: The Monster

The U.S. last week sketched the details of what it hopes will be the world's first supersonic commercial transport. Federal Aviation Administrator Najeeb Halaby, asked by the Kennedy Administration to investigate the feasibility of such a plane, spelled out the desired quality of what he called "the monster." The new plane should cruise at Mach 3 (about 2,000 m.p.h.) at an altitude of 65,000 to 75,000 feet, fly from Los Angeles to New York in 74 minutes, and zip across the North Atlantic in less than two hours.

Target date for the Mach 35 to enter passenger service: 1970.

Though five...

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