DEFENSE: Carter's Big Decision: Down Goes the B-1, Here Comes the Cruise

Carter's Big Decision: Down Goes the B1, Here Comes the Cruise

An Air Force colonel at the Pentagon wisecracked that the U.S. might eventually have to "charter an air force from Pan Am." Better yet, said another, in case of conflict "we could subcontract the whole war." Still others joked bitterly about how the service had suffered "its highest attrition rate ever on a single day."

At aerospace plants across the country, the mood was no less sulfurous. "A great surprise and deep shock," said Bastian ("Buz") Hello, B-1 division manager of Rockwell...

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