October 17, 1955

AVIATION SAFETY

Shop Error Behind Ual Crash

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Gnat Wages Uphill Battle for Acceptance

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Navy Opening Giant Engine-test Facility

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AVIATION SAFETY

Shop Error Behind Ual Crash

THE ACCIDENT A Convair 340, N 73154, owned and operated by United Air Lines, Inc., made a wheels-up emergency landing six miles southeast of Dexter, Iowa (30 miles west of Des Moines), January 19, 1955, at 1625¹7 A few of the 36 passengers received minor injuries; there were no injuries to the crew of three.
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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Gnat Wages Uphill Battle for Acceptance

Hamble, England—The Folland Gnat has become England’s most controversial airplane. Praised by service and foreign pilots as the logical answer to the problems of fighter-interceptor design, the Gnat has been plagued by long-time lack of official backing, by foot-dragging in procurement and by illogical arguments.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Navy Opening Giant Engine-test Facility

West Trenton, N. J.—U. S. Navy officials this week are making final preparations for the official opening on Nov. 4 of the new Navy Aeronautical Turbine Test Station—in all probability the world’s most complete and powerful facility built specifically for wringing out experimental and prototype turbojets, turboprop, ramjet and pulsejet powerplants.

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AVIONICS

New Avionic Equipment Proposed as Aids for Air-traffic Control

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AIR TRANSPORT

Slim Profit Margins Plague Airlines

Sir William Hildred tells IATA meeting of traffic growth, increases in costs, postal rate problems.

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ALSO ON THE MARKET

Also on the Market

Self-lubricated bearing material for missiles and aircraft, Sinite D-10 has proved successful in liquid oxygen and JP-4 fuel bearing problems, maker says. The material is self-lubricating from — 90 to 500F.—Booker-Cooper, Inc., 6940 Farmdale Ave., N. Hollywood, Calif.
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Usaf Will Give Industry Secret Plans

ARDC will furnish firms advance technical data in effort to speed weapon system developments.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Rolls-royce’s Pearson Reviews Jet Engine Development Problems

Designers of British civil aircraft who want to use turbojet engines in the next five years should have plenty to choose from. But they may have to tailor the planes to the available powerplants. If they choose turboprops, they will more likely find engines designed for their particular type and size of aircraft.
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Business Flying

Nbaa May Finance Development of Modern Executive Transport

Detroit—The National Business Aircraft Assn.—irked by what it considers the “foot-dragging” tactics of U. S. aircraft manufacturers—is thinking of underwriting the development of a high-speed transport especially designed to fill executive needs.

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MANAGEMENT

New Plan Devised By Usaf Pilots Accelerates Atomic-war Training

Las Vegas, Nev.—New delivery methods worked out by the pilots themselves may allow the Air Force to speed up the training of pilots in tactical atomic warfare. Some of the details were revealed here during the Special Weapons phase of the 1955 U. S. Air Force Fighter Weapons Meet.

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