Airlines in 1964 were very excited about technology. The industry that had been pushing the limits of piston engines and propellers since the 1930s recently had been presented with the greatest gift imaginable-a deus ex machina if there ever was one-the jet airplane. Suddenly airlines could deliver without the need for excuses on the promise of quick, stylish, comfortable travel that they had been making for decades. Suddenly they could fly at great speeds without cranky, dangerous, ...

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