Lockheed's Constellation programme was a great success both for civilian and military marks but coming towards the end of the 1950s the age of the piston liner was swiftly drawing to a close. Lockheed understood this but the airlines, locked in a battle for transatlantic supremacy, were keen to keep their foot full on the throttle and wanted bridging equipment. Both Lockheed and Douglas were in a position to provide it.
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