AVIATION: The Safe Skies

Just one year ago last week, a Pan American Boeing 747 lifted off from New York's Kennedy Airport to begin the first scheduled jumbo-jet service. The flight was six hours late because of an overheating engine. Since that unpromising beginning, the 747 has accumulated a remarkable record for a new aircraft. It has carried 7,000,000 passengers an average of 2,100 miles each, more than five times the number of passenger-miles flown by the Boeing 707 in its first twelve months of service. The statistics would have been the same if the 747 had moved the entire population of Ireland...

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