Aviation: Push for the SST

The U.S. plans for a supersonic transport have had as many ups and downs as a single-prop plane bulling its way through a thunderstorm. Last week President Johnson received the most optimistic report yet on the SST—a report that has suddenly brightened the plane's uncertain prospects. Prepared by the Commerce Department, it bases its favorable analysis of the 1,900-m.p.h., 150-passenger plane on several new economic and technical discoveries.

Government and industry have been spending $2,000,000 a month for research on the SST, about 75% of it Government funds. Work on the drawing boards and in the wind tunnels has...

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