AVIATION: Boeing's Bid

In a walled-off section of Boeing's airplane factory near Seattle last week, General Curtis LeMay, boss of the U.S. Strategic Air Command, scrambled under scaffolding to inspect the giant, four-jet 707, the first jet transport built in the U.S. Said LeMay: "Quite an airplane. A versatile baby that really ought to make the British look up."

General LeMay was thinking of Boeing's swept-wing 707 as a rival for Britain's Comet jetliners as well as a flying tanker-transport to refuel his jet bombers in midair. To Boeing, which has built more than 600 of...

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