Business: The 1980s Generation

Planes that have new computers and color radar

Compared with the revolutionary jets of the late 1950s and the awesome jumbos of the early 1970s, the third generation of the early 1980s will seem to bring only evolutionary change. The new planes will not be longer, larger or sleeker than today's jumbos but somewhat shorter, smaller and squatter. They will be quieter, less fuel-thirsty, more automated and efficient to operate.

For the most part, they are also designed to save as much development money as possible for the planemakers. Since it costs about $2 billion...

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