ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 24, 1971
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(Studio) Senator votes against funds for SST.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(DC) Vote 51-46 despite President Nixon's personal campaigning for SST; SST supporters concede vote means supersonic transport project dead. [Senator Wtn. PROXMIRE - delighted by vote, knew would be close.] [Senator Henry JACKSON - thinks vote anti-technology; regrets thousands of workers lose jobs as result; supersonic transport dead.]
REPORTER: Bob Clark
(Seattle, WA) Schemes considered to continue financing SST; most feel situation hopeless without federal money. Boeing says vote means end of SST bus., lays off 5,000 workers next week Ecologists feel vote forces Seattle to end dependence on 1 industry Those laid off face Seattle's already high unemployment.
REPORTER: Bill Wordham
(Studio) Bankers rptdly not interested in investing in supersonic transport without Govt. bond guarantees; bonds require Congress approval.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(No location given) Japan aviation industry offers to buy rights, blueprints, prototypes and tools for United States Govt. cancellation costs; Japan could build supersonic transport much cheaper at this point than US; Boeing President T. Wilson in Japan for talks; United States aerospace firms attempting to form consortium to buy SST.
REPORTER: Jules Bergman