October 31, 1955

SAFETY

Pilot Fatigue Caused Erratic Approach

AVIONICS

Sharpens Usaf Eye for Air-to-air Kills

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Electra Design Finalized, Sent to Shops

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SAFETY

Pilot Fatigue Caused Erratic Approach

The AccidentAt approximately 1400¹ December 18, 1954, an Italian Airlines DC-6B, Italian registry I-LINE, crashed into the pier which supported the left row of slope line approach lights to runway 4 at the New York International Airport (Idlewild).
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AVIONICS

Sharpens Usaf Eye for Air-to-air Kills

Culver City, Calif.—A USAF interceptor’s kill probability against an enemy bomber has been greatly increased (possibly by a factor of up to 10) by a recent innovation in aerial tactics known as “lead collision course interception.” The tactic enables an interceptor to attack a bomber from its most vulnerable broadside position, while remaining outside the bomber’s deadly cone of tail turret fire.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Electra Design Finalized, Sent to Shops

Finalized drawings of the Lockheed Electra have been released to tooling, production shop and subcontractors, signalling the start of intense effort to meet the programmed first-flight date of Nov. 1, 1957. Approximately one year later (in late 1958), Lockheed expects to start deliveries of the new turboprop transport to American Airlines and Eastern Air Lines, who bought a total of 75 Electras.

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Buaer Admits, Defends Error on Demon

$200 million Navy jet program was calculated risk, Admiral Russell says; J40 engine held inadequate.

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EQUIPMENT

One-run, Throw-away Spark Plug Ordered By Af, Eyed By Airlines

Toledo—One-Run, throw-away spark plugs are here to stay, industry and government representatives were told at this year’s Champion Aircraft Spark Plug and Ignition Conference. U. S. Air Force representatives reported that the one-run, throw-away plugs, which Champion has delivered to Westover AFB for use on a fleet of 20 Boeing KC-97 tankers, appear to work as well as the standard Rl15 units formerly installed.

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FINANCIAL

Republic Sales and Profits Double; Northrop Turns in Banner Year

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MANAGEMENT

Washington Roundup

What Will Sagebrush Prove? Watch for both Army and Air Force to utilize performance of air units in this month’s Operation Sagebrush to support their viewpoint in snowballing argument over control of aircraft. Planes taking part in 45-day joint maneuver across Louisiana will include USAF F-100 and F-84F fighters, B-57 tactical bombers in tactical operations, light planes and helicopters flown by Army in the combat area.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Instability Will Plague Mach 6 Designers

El Segundo, Calif.—Stability and control problems will plague the aircraft designer of the high-altitude planes of the near future where military aircraft may operate at heights approaching 100,000 ft. at speeds of between Mach 2 and Mach 6.

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FINANCIAL

Stock Sales Reported

Disposal of 10,900 common shares by Robert M. Love, director of Allegheny Airlines, Inc., leaving a holding of 8,500 has been reported by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Other transactions reported for the mid-August to mid-September period were: ACF Industries, Inc. Acquisition of 112 common shares by Charles J. Hardy, Jr., director, making a holding of 1139 ; disposal of 100 shares of 5% cumulative convertible preferred, total holding, by Charles J. Hardy, Jr., director.
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MANAGEMENT

Army Molds Air Weapon Arsenal

Fort Benning, Ga.—The U. S. Army is not satisfied with the Key West agreement limiting the size, weight and area of activity for Army aviation. Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor, Chief of Staff, told reporters at the first annual meeting of the Association of the United States Army “no written agreement could be satisfactory.”
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