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1964 Pub. Util. L.: Addresses Delivered 46 (1964)
The Need for a Supersonic Transport

handle is hein.journals/repanme1964 and id is 48 raw text is: PUBLIC UTILITY LAW SECTION

the feel of the SST in the actual airways has
begun, and the experience gained in this
work as it moves forward can of course be
expected to feed back into other elements
of the program as appropriate.
I think this completes an overall review
of the United States SST program in its
various facets. All of this said, there may
be some of you who will still say, Yes, this
whole package is quite interesting and seems
to be functioning quite reasonably. But still,
who wants to go faster than sound anyway ?
The question, Does the passenger want
to go faster than he does today? has been
asked continually through the years in which
faster and faster planes have come to serve
an increasing segment of the travel public.
In each instance, the faster new aircraft
has been shown to be the desired aircraft
when it entered service.
Give yourself this test. You are in New
York. You want to fly to Paris. The choices
of planes are one that takes about seven
hours and another that can make it in three
and a quarter. The fares are about the same,
with perhaps the SST 15 per cent higher.
Both are fine, safe, comfortable airplanes.
Which one would you choose?
I T'iIINK you will agree that the SST passes
this test-if it is the right plane, the
plane that our industry is now working to
design, and that the world's air lines are
looking forward to introducing as their next
generation of air liners-perhaps fifteen
years after the first of current jets joined
their fleets.

I would like to read to vou in this regard
from a poster that was distribnted at the tim
the railroads were entering service. Th
poster appeared on the streets of Phila
delphia, Pennsylvania, more than a centur)
ago :
Mothers, look out for your children
Artisans, mechanics, and citizens, whet
you leave your family in health, must yot
return home to mourn a dreadful casualty
Philadelphians, your rights are being in
vaded! Regardless of your interest or the
lives of your little ones! The Camden and
Amboy Railroad is laying a locomotive
railroad  through your most beautiful
streets to the ruin of your trade, annihila-
tion of your rights, and regardless of your
prosperity and comfort! Rally people in
the majesty of your strength and forbid
this outrage!
The point, I think, is that there often is
a certain amount of doubt when a new
vehicle of transportation comes along. This
was as true of the stagecoach as the rail-
roads, and later on true of the first planes,
the first automobiles, and then the jets in
the 1950's.
Each of these means of transportation ha.
contributed to the very fabric of our modern
civilization. The subsonic jet has contributed
most spectacularly in recent years, changing
our travel habits and in some ways changing
ways of thought about the world around us.
The supersonic transport can continue thi.
story of transportation progress, and I ex-
pect that it will.

The Need for a Supersonic Transport

Am delighted to be here today. It is not
often that I get a chance to have a group
of lawyers sitting in one room listening to
me. Usually, it seems, I am listening to
lawyers. I work with them all clay and when
I go home I find another, and a considerably
more attractive one, waiting for me at the
front door.
Nevertheless, I enjoy talking about legal
matters and I was tempted to tell you about
*President, Air Transport Association of Amer-

some of the legal problems of the supersonic
transport program. As you can imagine,
there are some problems. But you can see
these as well as I. Rather than tell you about
your own business, let me discuss the reasons
for having a supersonic aircraft in the first
place. As I see it, that is the number one
problem now and it is by no means settled.
T HE United States should build a super-
sonic aircraft. They should do so not
because it helps the balance of payments

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