March 15, 1954

AVIONICS

‘new’ Andb May Be Key to Progress

MANUFACTURING

New Doctrine Aims to Stabilize Industry

■ RUSSIA

Reds Put Muscle on Strategic Air Arm

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AVIONICS

‘new’ Andb May Be Key to Progress

Controversy still slows adoption of ultimate civilmilitary navigation system, but revitalized Board now has increased power and authority to act.
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MANUFACTURING

New Doctrine Aims to Stabilize Industry

Peak deliveries scheduled for this year with gradual decline to plateau level in 1956. Future net incomes may surpass record year of 1953.
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■ RUSSIA

Reds Put Muscle on Strategic Air Arm

Production of two new turboprop bombers, continuing replacement of obsolescing planes, and new development projects underline formidable air power effort.
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■ FOREIGN AIRPOWER

Plenty of Talk, Not Much Action

Tokyo—Taking inventory of Japan’s airpower at the start of 1954, one totals up lots of interest, excitement, plans and dreams in the aircraft industry, but practically no physical airpower. The single exception is the rapidly developing Japan Air Lines Co., which has completed 27 months of successful domestic operations, and last month began scheduled international operations.

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■ FOREIGN AIRPOWER

Aviation Falls Short of Earlier Promise

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BUSINESS FLYING

Multi-million Market Goes Begging for Takers

Lifting of the excess-profits tax in January was interpreted in some pessimistic quarters as the turning point which would see companies taking inventory of the high cost of operating aircraft with a view to eliminating this “luxury” item from their budgets.

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Military Aviation

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Mats Operation Set for Peace Or War

World’s largest air transport operation holds record of flying 500,000 persons over 115,000 miles to 38 countries without a fatality.

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■ U. S. ARMY

Army Puts New Stress on Air Mobility

The concept embraces two distinct missions: The strategic airlift. This provides for air transport of troops and equipment over long distances, giving the Army a strategic mobility that goes beyond the tactical air drop. The airlift task would be carried out by the Air Force.

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Civil Aviation

Other persons exuding confidence in British aviation are the makers of Britain’s famed civil jet transports. There are now almost 200 firm orders for de Havilland Comets, Vickers Viscounts, and Bristol Britannias. All, save three Comet 3s ordered by Pan American, are for customers outside the U. S.
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