Aviation: Frustration Beneath Elation

"It is my judgment that this Government should immediately commence a new program in partnership with private industry to develop at the earliest practical date the prototype of a commercially successful supersonic transport superior to that being built in any other country in the world."

—President Kennedy, June 5, 1963

Among those who cheered Kennedy's decision to build the world's biggest and best supersonic transport was Vice President Lyndon Johnson. But as President, Johnson's enthusiasm has noticeably waned. He properly played a passive part in the bitter 30-month competition between Boeing and...

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