AVIATION: Supersonic Teaching

Like a vapor trail in a clear winter sky, a trace of the supersonic transport lingers on. Congress shot down the SST last spring after a titanic propaganda battle between environmentalists and the aerospace industry. But one weapon in the fight, a pro-SST primer published in 1969, is still being used in some of the nation's elementary schools.

Teacher's Guide for SST-T-T (Sound, Sense, Today, Tomorrow, Thereafter), a 7 3-page booklet published by the Department of Transportation, contains suggested writing and research assignments and fables aimed at promoting supersonic travel. The booklet's cast of characters includes Marita the Supersonic Pussycat...

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