THROUGHOUT THE AGE OF FLIGHT, seeing always has been believing. The sight of Orville Wright performing the final test flights for US Army acceptance of the Wright Flyer led Donald Douglas to the drawing board and immortality. Bill Boeing became hooked after a chance trip in a floatplane at an Independence Day celebration on Lake Washington in 1914. Airline executives are no different, as was demonstrated in August 1955 when a host of them were dumbstruck watching Tex Johnston put the Dash ...

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