It's a question worth pondering in light of the results of Aviation Week & Space Technology's 2006 Top-Performing Companies study. General Dynamics Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp. first, second and third, respectively. Using this year's more rigorous methodology (see p. 70), General Dynamics would have ranked No. 1 from 1999 through 2005. Among airlines, readers may be equally struck by the results: seven of the 10 top-performing carriers are headquartered in ...


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