CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 08, 1969
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(Studio) Nixon administration to release report on Super Sonic Transport plane.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Seattle, Washington) Boeing won supersonic transport contract with faulty design. Cost government $500 million to pick wrong plane. New Boeing design similar to Lockheed design not picked. [Boeing supersonic transport Director H. W. WITHINGTON - says we'll see where we stand by building planes.] Research needed on sonic boom, noisy engine, and excess weight. French-British Concorde considered threat to American trade. Federal Aviation Administration says Concorde may be too noisy for United States airports. [WITHINGTON - says need to decide if want to give up market] [Transportation Studies Director Carl RUPPENTHAL - cites tendency to be scared by Concorde. Calls it WPA project to promote industry in two countries. Competitive dud.] [Law Professor William BAXTER - says if supersonic transport can't be flown and pay own cost, don't want it. Concorde not economy viable.] Boeing factory ready. Need 90% government subsidy.
REPORTER: Bill Stout
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