AVIATION: Help for Grumman?

Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi of Iran has such an appetite for American military hardware that some wags have wondered whether he might be willing to use some of his oil revenues to pay for the cost overruns that U.S. defense contractors often experience. Last week it appeared that he really might. The Shah's government offered a loan of undisclosed size to Grumman Corp. of Long Island to help it keep building the cost-plagued F-14A Tomcat fighter. Iran has ordered 80 of the planes, which cost $17.8 million each.

The offer came after the...

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