AVIATION: Salesman at Work

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In Burbank, Calif, one day last week, a big shark-bodied plane rose from the Lockheed Air Terminal, circled out across the San Fernando Valley and headed east over the mountains. It was a notable event and a red-letter day for Pan American Airways: that was the first of the fleet of Lockheed Constellations for Pan Am's globe-girdling routes.

To the Lockheed Aircraft Corp., it was an event, too. But in the sprawling cluster of factory buildings, still in their muddy green and yellow camouflage of war, everyone was too busy to cheer....

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