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What might have been.(odds&ends)

If a picture tells a thousand words, perhaps this one tells a million. But what do two JetBlue A320s and some sad, empty production halls have in common? A great deal, in fact. The story starts back in the late 1980s, when McDonnell Douglas was trying to find $1 billion for a new wing for the MD-11, former Douglas Aircraft Co. President Jim Worsham told ATW in 2005.

Paradoxically, while bleating about Airbus's "subsidies" from European governments, MDC was actively courting Airbus for a merger of sorts to take advantage of its deep pockets. Drawing on his experience with Snecma from his days at GE, Worsham was bullish about a French connection. "I had the idea of getting MDC and Airbus into some sort of marriage," he recounted. …

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