December 26, 1955

SAFETY

El Al Plane Shot Down Without Warning

AVIONICS

General Electric, Westinghouse Facilities Test Accuracy of Fire Control Systems

MANAGEMENT

Industry Faces Army Aviation Challenge

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SAFETY

El Al Plane Shot Down Without Warning

A Constellation aircraft (Type 149), registered number 4X-AKC owned and operated by El Al Israel Airlines Ltd. flying on a scheduled passenger flight (Flight Number 402/26) from London to Tel-Aviv via Paris and Vienna, was shot down by Bulgarian fighters at about 0540 GMT on 27 July 1955.
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AVIONICS

General Electric, Westinghouse Facilities Test Accuracy of Fire Control Systems

Two major producers of bomber defense armament systems recently opened new ground test facilities designed to check the critically-important dynamic accuracy of their radar-directed fire control systems under simulated airborne combat conditions.

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MANAGEMENT

Industry Faces Army Aviation Challenge

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PRODUCTION

One-piece Castings Slash Plane Weight

Los Angeles—One-piece thin-wall precision castings made of non-ferrous metals are being considered as substitutes for heavier, more-expensive built-up assemblies in missiles and aircraft. One of the best examples is a complete wind design-skin, beams, ribs and stiffeners that R. H. Osbrink Mfg. Co. has investigated for the military to determine the feasibility of its production as a one-piece casting.

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Defense Seeks $2 Billion Budget Jump

Bulk of new money for USAF and guided missiles; Wilson sees 3 stable years for aircraft industry.
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BUSINESS FLYING

Beech Breaks Fast Toward ’56 Record

Beech Aircraft Corp., Wichita, Kan., will begin its 1956 commercial sales year with a record-breaking $11.5 million in firm orders for business planes from its distributors. This figure represents more than one-third of next year’s target of $32 million in commercial sales set for the distributor organization by Mrs. Olive Ann Beech, president, at the company’s annual sales meeting attended by more than 200 distributors, dealers and sales and service personnel from the U. S. and seven foreign countries.

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MANAGEMENT

Washington Roundup

ATA Opposes Free Riding Civil Aeronautics Board’s proposal of free airline rides for staff members has been rejected by the Air Transport Assn. Individual ATA member carriers have been equally emphatic in their opposition to “free loading” by CAB.

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MANAGEMENT

1956 Industry Sales Will Exceed $8 Billion for 4th Year, Aia Says

Washington—Sales in the aircraft industry during 1956 will exceed $8-billion for the fourth consecutive year, Aircraft Industries Assn. forecasted this week in a year end review. During 1955, the sales volume of aircraft, aircraft engines, propellers and spares was $8.4 billion, approximately $400 million more than AIA predicted for the year.

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Boeing Reveals Noise Suppressor; Port Authority Stresses Urgency

New York—Boeing Airplane Co. last week announced that the “basic problems of jet engine thrust reversing and sound suppressing have been overcome” through its newly-developed reverser-suppressor. However, the New York Port Authority—whose ban against jet transports has given impetus to the demand for finding an effective solution to the noise problem—remains skeptical.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Cab Orders

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