"WE'RE GLAD WE WAITED FOR THE DC-8." THAT WAS how legendary United Airlines President William (Pat) Patterson dismissed the carrier's agonizing and costly nine-month delay in entering the jet age when he accepted its first DC-8 in September 1959 from longtime friend Donald Douglas Sr. Indeed, Patterson was all smiles when he was able to order the far more capable Super 60 series DC-8 just a few years later, and United was able to re-engine those DC-8s and sell them for a handsome price for ...

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