If this breaks your heart than do a search regarding the AVRO Canada Arrow fighter or the British TSR 2.
Everyone assumes that Boeing somehow always had a superior product back then and that is why they dominated the market for so long. In reality they had good timing and the determination to go forward. And their civil aircraft were not subject to government approval before going into production.
State sponsored aircraft ventures for state owned airlines resulted in many disappointing developments in aircraft design in the 40s 50s and 60s. In sheer numbers Douglas and Boeing owned the Jet market. But the Bristol, Brabzon, Brittania, Princess Flying Boat, VC
-10, BAC-111, Dassault Mercure & Concorde were all fine aircraft but for some reason each of them did sell nearly as well as the Boeings and MD
products. The Caravelle and the Trident faired better though.
Europe's large jet airliners were state sponsored market flops rarely selling more that a few hundred units a piece. . . Then came the A300 and the rest is history and unless Boeing gets back to its roots it will be history too.
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