RETRO THINKING PUBLIC OFFICIALS

Re: A legend lives on: The Avro Arrow remains a source of national pride for Canadians in the Jan. 5 issue:

Many of us in the United States were equally dismayed when the Northrop jet-powered flying wing bomber was scuttled in the same manner as the Avro Arrow. Several aircraft were completed and the production line was underway, excitement was high to see this high technology airplane being built for our Air Force. Air defense people were under shock when a flying wing would go up to northern California then out over the Pacific and return to its home base by penetrating Los Angeles airspace undetected.

The sad lessons learned from the demise of two fine, state-of-the-art aircraft is that retro thinking individuals too often are elected to public office.

JOHN T. TAYLOR

Houston

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