January 9, 1956

SAFETY

Fire, Crash Follow Cylinder Failure

AVIONICS

Old Idea Opens Door to Inertial Guidance

TRANSPORT

Lee Still Puzzled Over Firing, Defends Actions at Hearing

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SAFETY

Fire, Crash Follow Cylinder Failure

American Airlines Flight 476, a Convair 240, N 94221, crashed at approximately 1223*, August 4, 1955, about one-half mile northwest of runway 14, Forney Field, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. The three crew members and all 27 passengers were fatally injured; the aircraft was destroyed by impact and fire.
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AVIONICS

Old Idea Opens Door to Inertial Guidance

The “84-minute pendulum,” an idea first suggested in 1923 by Dr. Maxmilian Schuler, a German professor of applied mechanics, has unlocked the door to practical inertial navigation systems for missiles and aircraft. The concept is used in all known inertial systems.

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TRANSPORT

Lee Still Puzzled Over Firing, Defends Actions at Hearing

Washington—Fred B. Lee, former Civil Aeronautics Administrator, told Senate investigators he still does not know why he was fired by the Eisenhower Administration (AW Dec. 19, P7). Lee was the opening witness last week at public Senate hearings called to investigate his “forced” resignation.
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EQUIPMENT

Unitized Actuators Simplify Systems

Kalamazoo, Mich. — Unitized hydraulic flight control system actuators— single units which do several jobs—may help reverse the trend towards increasing control system complexity. Typical of this new approach is a whole family of such combined actuators, called Unicons, developed by National Water Lift Co.

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TRANSPORT

Status of Irregulars Remains in Doubt

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AIR TRANSPORT

Airlines’ High Credit Eases Jet Financing

Once-shy investors now optimistic about airlines’ future, offer ready backing to expansion plans.

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TRANSPORT

Board Issues Orders Upholding Decisions in Four Major Cases

Washington—Civil Aeronautics Board upheld nearly all of its original decisions in cases which came up for reconsideration at the end of last year. The Board made comparatively minor changes when it reconsidered its decisions in the Denver service case, the Southwest renewal case and the New York-Chicago case.
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TRANSPORT

Fokker F-27 Leads as Dc-3 Replacement

Washington—The turboprop Fokker F-27 Friendship is in the lead in the race to capture the large market for a replacement for the venerable DC-3. A solid indication of the Friendship’s lead in the U. S. market came last month with the signing of an option agreement for six aircraft between West Coast Airlines and the Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corp.

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U. S. Will Spur Dispersion of Industry

Civil Defense study criticizes lack of progress, warns of intercontinental missiles, superbombs.

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TRANSPORT

New York Heliport Development Stymied By Inter-agency Battle

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