U.S. Business: Two for the SST Race

The U.S. effort to keep its dominance in the world's aircraft market took an unexpected turn last week. The Administration leaned toward ordering not just one supersonic airliner, but two: long-range and short-range versions.

Accordingly, the Federal Aviation Agency said that sometime this month, it will recommend a winner in the design competition between Lockheed Aircraft Corp. and Boeing Aircraft Co. for the long-range, 1,800-m.p.h. model to be used in overseas flights. President Johnson is expected to make the final decision about Jan. 1. The FAA also ordered a quick investigation of whether either design could be adapted into a medium-size SST...

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