DEFENSE: Airplane Slowdown

Shortly before the Air Force stirred up the Senate Armed Forces Subcommittee and the nation last year with reports that Soviet Bear and Bison bombers were rolling off assembly lines faster than Boeing B-525, Defense Secretary Charles E. Wilson had given signs of being stirred up himself. Wilson called for a step-up' in 6-52 production (then about six a month) from the goal of 17 airplanes a month to 20. Last week, declaring that U.S. Intelligence had overrated Soviet production, Charlie Wilson ordered 6-52 production stepped down from the theoretical 20 to 15.

There were some advantages, Wilson explained, to...

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