The Nation: Showdown on the SST

ONCE again the Congress faced a question of national priorities. Much of U.S. labor and all of the aerospace industry had rallied behind the supersonic transport aircraft as a symbol of technological supremacy. In one of those massive lobbying campaigns that had proved so effective in the past, the professional persuaders argued that U.S. prestige, thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in profits were at stake in the continued development of the plane. The pressure, economic and nationalistic, seemed irresistible. But last week the House of Representatives, which had staunchly supported the SST through ten years of controversy, stunningly reversed...

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