June 13, 1955

LETTERS

PRODUCTION

F-102 Fits Into Cook-Craigie Pattern

EQUIPMENT

Kollsman Reveals Developments In New Instruments, Controls

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LETTERS

Knowing that you are always anxious to ensure that facts appearing in Aviation Week are correct, I think it is right that I should state on behalf of both VickersArmstrongs Ltd. and Trans-Australia Airlines that, contrary to the suggestions contained in your article (“Australian Airlines Want More DC-6Bs,” May 13, p. 116), all Viscount operations in Australia are proving highly successful.
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PRODUCTION

F-102 Fits Into Cook-Craigie Pattern

San Diego—The F-102 delta-wing supersonic interceptor typifies a new approach in initial planning for production. This plane, the first programmed under the Cook-Craigie plan was given special design and production engineering consideration by Convair-San Diego Division of General Dynamics Corp.

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EQUIPMENT

Kollsman Reveals Developments In New Instruments, Controls

Airline instruments should be tailored to airline needs. Pilot presentations should be combined and presented visually in a form that is easy to grasp and not subject misinterpretation. These two philosophies are guiding much of the work now being done by Kollsman Instrument Corp., Elmhurst, N. Y.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

NACA Flies VTOL Transport Model

A four-engined VTOL transport model, part of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics’ continuing research program on vertical-rising aircraft, has been test-flown by scientists at NACA’s Langley Aeronautical Laboratory.
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Transport

Senators Call CAA Service Cuts Pressure Tactic to Boost Funds

Washington, D. C.—A Senate Appropriations Subcommittee severelv criticized the Civil Aeronautics Administration for attempting to “pressure” the group into restoring House-approved reductions in the Fiscal 1956 CAA budget. Brunt of the criticism fell on CAA Administrator Fred B. Lee who appeared before the subcommittee last week to justify the need for raising the House amount.

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Financial

USAF Contracts

Following is a list of recent contracts announced by USAF. Bendix Products Div., Bendix Aviation Corp., South Bend, Indiana, rotors, 100 ea., $38,210. Riverside Box Co., Bloomington, Ills., containers, wooden, rocket components, 210,125 ea., containers, wooden, rocket components, 210,125 each., $396,505.
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Management

USAF Asks $356 Million to Rush B-52s

Washington D. C.—U. S. Air Force has asked Congress for $356 million to pay for accelerated production of the Boeing B-52 intercontinental jet bomber to meet the threat of growing Soviet air power (AW Mav 23, p. 12; June 6, p. 12). The request, delivered to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Armed Forces by Defense Secretary Charles E. Wilson, would be added to the House-approved $5,9 50 million aircraft procurement budget for Fiscal 1956.
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Transport

American Buys Lockheed Turboprop

New York—American Airlines jumped into the jet transport era last week with a $65 million order for 35 Lockheed Electra turboprop airliners. The joint statement by American Airlines President C. R. Smith and Lockheed Aircraft Corp. President Robert E. Gross, confirmed Aviation Week’s prediction (May 16, p. 13) that American had shifted its turboprop transport specifications to a faster, longer range aircraft carrying a heavier payload and that a decision would be made soon between the Lockheed and Douglas entries in this competition.

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Management

Washington Roundup

Senate Finance Committee, headed by Sen. Harry Byrd (D.-Va.) may make a study of the reasons for the boom in aircraft manufacturing stock values since the defense build-up was started in mid-1950. Sen. Henry Dworshak (R.-Ida.) has turned over a report giving factual data on value increases to the committee.

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Equipment

ALSO ON THE MARKET

Tipped-highspeed steel tool bits are welded to carbon-steel shanks maintaining a high Rockwell “C” 65-68. Tools are surface ground to plus 0.000 in. and minus 0.004 in.—Plew Tool Co., Inc., Columbia City, Ind. Anti-fume pellets for plating baths tends to keep the chromic acid in the solution, preventing escape of fumes, spray and dragout.—Smoothex, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
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