McDonnell Douglas Looking at Potential of Bullet Trains
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Defense contractor McDonnell Douglas Corp. is considering building bullet trains as a possible substitute for fighter planes and missiles in the post- Cold War age.
″We are in the exploratory phase,″ said McDonnell spokesman James R. Reed. ″We are trying to determine what the market is and whether it could be profitable.″
The manufacturer’s bullet train concept is called ″Hamlet,″ which is short for High-speed, Aero-assisted Magnetic Levitation Elevated Transport. It would shuttle people between cities or airports.
McDonnell’s plant near Lambert Airport makes mostly fighter jets and military trainer jets. The company’s Douglas Aircraft division in Long Beach, Calif., is the world’s third-largest maker of commercial airliners.
Reed said Monday that McDonnell Douglas has made no commitments to a bullet train program, but confirmed that company officials have met with Rich Pisani, a St. Louis businessman promoting a high-speed train system linking St. Louis and Kansas City.