AVIATION: Supersonic Counterattack

Last year an intensive drive by citizen groups concerned about ecology and national priorities nearly doomed continued development of the U.S. supersonic transport aircraft. After the Senate voted nay, the plane was temporarily saved by a House-Senate compromise extending funds through March of this year. With that mandate about to expire, the battle has been joined once more. This time the SST's supporters have mounted a highly professional counterattack that threatens to overwhelm the aircraft's critics.

The four-week, $150,000 pro-SST blitzkrieg is mainly the work of an ad hoc National Committee for an American SST, supported by the aerospace industry...