Air Transport World

Lou's corner. (airplane salesmen) (column)

What is your opinion of your friendly neighborhood airplane salesman? What it is, it undoubtedly has been influenced by what he, his company, and its product have done for you and your associates.

One secretary sees him as a knight in shining armor, but admits her feelings have been colored by flowers, candy and an occasional lunch at a posh restaurant. Another "wouldn't be caught dead with him." A line pilot regards him as a fourflusher and compulsive braggart, but a mechanic thinks he's a great guy: "He calls me often and comes to see me a lot. He takes an interest in our work and problems, and most important of all he sees that we get advance reg and safety information hot off the press. …

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