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Years ago the Douglas Aircraft Company was competing with Boeing to sell Eastern Airlines its first big order of jets. War hero, Eddie Rickenbacker, the head of Eastern Airlines, reportedly told Donald Douglas that the specifications and claims made by Douglas Company for the DC-8 were very close to Boeings' on everything except noise suppression - apparently they were more noisy. Rickenbacker then gave Douglas one last chance to out-promise Boeing on that feature. After talking with his engineers Douglas said that he didn’t feel he could make that promise. Rickenbacker replied, "I know you can’t, I just wanted to see if you were still honest."


(From a sermon by Gerald Flury, Commitment On Trial, 10/25/2009)

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