July 25, 1955

MISSILE ENGINEERING

Radioplane Drones Lead to New Missile

AVIATION SAFETY

Pilot Ignored Visual Flight Rules

EQUIPMENT

Airborne Radar Boom Gathering Speed

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MISSILE ENGINEERING

Radioplane Drones Lead to New Missile

Van Nuys, Calif.—First flight tests of Radioplane Co.’s guided missile system, believed to be built around a turbojet-powered airframe, have been made at USAF’s Holloman Air Development Center. A second major project—the XQ-4 supersonic drone-is scheduled for flight test later this year by the company.

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AVIATION SAFETY

Pilot Ignored Visual Flight Rules

THE ACCIDENT An Alaska Coastal Airlines Grumman G-44 amphibian, N. 67794, operating as scheduled Flight 60, crashed in a mountain pass a few minutes after takeoff from Pelican City at 1305,¹ Nov. 4, 1954. The pilot was fatally injured; the two passengers, though seriously injured, survived.
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EQUIPMENT

Airborne Radar Boom Gathering Speed

The airborne radar market has suddenly burst wide open, after a long painstaking test period with experimental equipment. An exclusive AVIATION WEEK survey shows that, where one year ago not a single executive airplane was radar-equipped, today at least 18 are using radar or having it installed, and the list is growing rapidly.

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FINANCIAL

Usaf Contracts

Following is a list of recent contracts announced by the United States Air Force. AiResearcli Mfg. Co., 9851-9951 Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif., thermostat, 200 ea., $35,620. Pacific Division, Bendix Aviation Corp., 11600 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, Calif., modification kit, Bendix P/N, 2,300 ea., $134,064 ; waveguide, 230 ea., modification kits, 42 ea., $44,744.
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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

New Materials Build Foundation for Structural Revolution

Among the recent additions to the designer’s lists: High-strength steels with tensile limits up near 300,000 psi. Oxide coatings for protection against 4,500F temperatures. Purified metals produced bv vacuum-melting processes for improved performance.

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Talbott Business Connection Questioned

Senators report Secretary’s income from New York industrial management company is ‘substantial.’

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AVIONICS

Vacuum Tubes Face Fast-rising Threat

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MANAGEMENT

Berlin Hints Piasecki Unfair Competitor

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Letters

Models & the McCoy Reading your July 5, 1955 issue, I came across the letter by Mr. Charles Tracy on the sad condition that exists between model aviation and the real McCoy. This is something that I have been preaching for years. The Plymouth Division of the Chrysler Corp. sponsored model airplane activity for seven years all over the country and then two years ago without warning they suddenly stopped.
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AIR TRANSPORT

Eastern-braniff Balboa Pact Approved

CAB permits first through service from New York to South America via Canal Zone, ends 4-year case.

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