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May 1, 1947

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Usa 1950-1960

Aviation Research—Engineering—Production

Simplifying Personal Plane Design

Regular Features

What's New in Products and Practices

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Usa 1950-1960

A nation’s wealth depends more than anything else on the size and vigor of its population. Much of the increase in U. S. production during the past hundred years is a result of a rapid growth in population. This growth supplied manpower for farms and factories and provided an expanding market for consumer goods and services.
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Aviation Research—Engineering—Production

Simplifying Personal Plane Design

Presenting details of performance computations, Engineer Upson considers aspects of maximum speed, cruising speed, and climb and ceiling ... Last installment of this practical analysis.

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Regular Features

What's New in Products and Practices

Airplane Reading Lamp.............1 Peacetime version of wartime gun-sight lamp, announced as No. G-E 1385 by General Electric Co., Cleveland, Ohio, is small, reflectorized reading lamp for use in Boeing Strato-cruiser. For about same wattage as aircraft lamps previously used, this 20w. unit is said to provide almost ten times as much illumination over reading area.
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Aviation Research—Engineering—Production

Fasteners for Aircraft

Their precise design and high utility are foundation factors in construction progress

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Factors in Helicopter Economics

Presenting data on rotary-wing craft construction and maintenance costs, the author points out the necessity of increasing payload and simplifying design in order to get helicopters on an operations par with fixed wing transports.

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Service-proving Certified This Integral Tank

Weighing but .13 lb. per gal., new Convair 240 fuel storage installation is dictated by long record of successful war-tested use in thousands of craft. . . Here are engineering experiences with this tank design and technical data on its latest application.

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Aviation Research—Engineering—Production

Pre-test Model of Tunnel Saves Research Time and Money

How United Aircraft used l/12th-size replica to develop improved and versatile wind tunnel with savings of thousands of dollars.

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Pinpointing Costs Per Passenger-mile

Precise calculation of this key transport expense is demonstrated, employing the power-space-density method. And as a guide for the operator, the author includes a comprehensive work table, as well as specific computations based on experience figures.

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Aviation Research—Engineering—Production

How New Douglas Skystreak Will Probe the Transonic

Flying fighter-type lab—embodying combined design proposals of Douglas, BuAer, and NACA—is implemented with 500 lb. of special instrumentation for high speed air load measurements at 400 craft-locations.

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The Aviation News

U. s. air forces must be ready—Gen. Eisenhower told the National Press Club in Washington, for any emergency. What worries the General and many others is rapid distintegration of skills and equipment of AAF and Navy, and the fact that both Russia and Britain are backing air powers that would exceed U. S. forces, which are cut to 55 active groups by President’s budget and would be down to 35 by further Congressional trim.

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