The SST: Riding A Technological Tiger

THE U.S. has seldom been reluctant to embrace either technological change or the challenge of great national projects. It is a sign of the questioning times that disquiet now attends a project of just such dimensions: the supersonic transport aircraft. Last week, when President Nixon announced his decision to spend $96 million this year and more than $1 billion later on to underwrite SST development, the cheers came mainly from the manufacturers and airlines that stand to profit most.

Far from being final, the decision now shifts to Congress, which must pass the...

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