Aviation: Here Comes the Bus

A sort of jet plain Jane that goes by the name of air bus may soon become a hot new piece of airline equipment. The concept—a subsonic job with double the passenger capacity of jets currently flying short-and medium-range runs—has been in the talking stage in both the U.S. and Europe for over two years. Now Lockheed Aircraft Corp. plans a 600-m.p.h., $15.6 million model which, if it draws enough orders, could go into production as early as next spring.

Designated the L-1011, Lockheed's air bus is the second of two projects on...

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