November 28, 1955

SAFETY

Pilot Off Course, Hits Mountain

AVIONICS

Arinc Warns That Special Tests of Vacuum Tubes Can Backfire

Boeing, Douglas Swap Techniques in Designing Competitive Jetliners

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SAFETY

Pilot Off Course, Hits Mountain

Trans World Airlines Flight 260, a Martin 4-0-4, N 40416, struck Sandia Mountain, near Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 19, 1955, about 0713.¹ All 16 occupants were killed and the aircraft was destroyed. HISTORY OF THE FLIGHT Flight 260 originated at Albuquerque, New Mexico, and its destination was to be Baltimore, Maryland.
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AVIONICS

Arinc Warns That Special Tests of Vacuum Tubes Can Backfire

Washington—Special tube testing and processing procedures now being set up by more and more missile and avionic equipment manufacturers to improve reliability may actually be unnecessary and injurious to tube life. Even more serious, they are creating a potential production bottleneck that could plague both industry and military in the event of a shooting war.

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Boeing, Douglas Swap Techniques in Designing Competitive Jetliners

In designing their respective, and competitive, jet airliners, Douglas and Boeing tacitly acknowledged one another’s skill. Boeing’s 707 jet prototype has the stamp of Douglas on it, and Douglas plans for the DC-8 have a Boeing look about them.

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Letters

First-Class vs. Tourist I flew from New York to San Francisco on the one-stop Super Constellation G flight that has the new first-class-tourist configuration for domestic service. I wrote Trans World Airlines that it was difficult for me to understand how it was possible for 25 people to pay $176 for a ride that was costing 36 other people $320.09 for the same equipment, the same schedule and the same service.
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Martin B-57 Proves Versatile Performer

Fort Polk, La.—Night atomic bombing and reconnaissance missions by twin jet Martin B-57s were the most important and provocative air actions in the first week of Exercise Sagebrush. The planes were operated by Aggressor’s 461st Light Bomb Wing and 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing.

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Regional Carriers Make Further Gains

Delta, Braniff are awarded new routes to New York; Capital’s service to south is expanded again.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

New Boeing Equipment Will Speed Flight Test Cycle

Seattle—Testing of Boeing Airplane Co.’s 707 jet transport series, the KC-135 jet tanker and advanced versions of the B-52 will be facilitated with new equipment scheduled for full operation at the company’s huge flight-test center by the middle of 1956.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Riddle, Aaxico Win Eastern Cargo Routes

5-year certificates awarded in north-south portion of airfreight case, air express operations approved.
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FINANCIAL

Usaf Contracts

Following is a list of unclassified contracts for $25,000 and over, as released by Air Force Contracting Offices: PATRICK AFB (ARDC), Florida. Ampex Corp., 710 Peachtree St. N.E., Suite 233, Atlanta 8, Ga., magnetic tape recorder, 1790NL-728519-25, 48 ea., amplifier, 1790-NL038632-155, 48 ea., (PR FP-1 (56)-208 and FP-1(56)-209), $212,160.
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AIR TRANSPORT

Cab Reports Accident Causes in Braniff, Paa, Nwa Crashes

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