AVIATION: The Shooting Comet

When Britain began testing the world's first jet airliner three years ago, U.S. plane builders and airline executives alike looked down their noses. De Havilland's Comet, they said, would gobble too much fuel too fast to carry much payload, could not even pay its way. By last week the skeptics were changing their tune a bit. After four months in commercial operation, the Comet was beginning to look like the new queen of the airways.

Starting with thrice-weekly Comet flights between London and Johannesburg, British Overseas Airways Corp. recently launched a weekly...

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