June 11, 1956

PRODUCTION ENGINEERING

F-102a Pioneers Production Concept

SAFETY

Icing Blamed in Crash of Lodestar

AVIONICS

New Auto-navigator Corrects Itself

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PRODUCTION ENGINEERING

F-102a Pioneers Production Concept

San Diego—Convair’s F-102A is the first end product of a different kind of production cycle. It was the first airplane to be ordered by the Air Force under its Cook-Craigie production plan (AW, April 12, 1954, p. 13) calling for a slow initial rate of production parallel to an intensive airplane test program.

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SAFETY

Icing Blamed in Crash of Lodestar

A Lockheed 18-56 Lodestar, N 33366, owned and operated by the Gulf Oil Corporation, crashed about 4½ miles northwest of Londonderry, Ohio, at approximately 1240,1 Dec. 29, 1955. After impact the wreckage was partially burned by ground fire.
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AVIONICS

New Auto-navigator Corrects Itself

A new airborne auto-navigator, a dead reckoning device which automatically and continuously corrects itself from omnirange or other ground based radio aids or radars when it determines that these signals are accurate, has been developed by Lear, Inc.

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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: MOBILE AIR MATERIEL AREA, Brookley AFB, Ala. General Electric Co., Storther Field, Arkansas City, Kans., overhaul and modification of starters, type S-12 (Contract AF 01(601)19649 Class 03J), 445, $159,745.
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MANAGEMENT

Logistics Pinch Turns C-123 to Cargo

Dreux, France—USAF’s C-123 assault transport, designed and put into operation to fly Army infantrymen into or near their combat positions, will operate primarily as a cargo carrier for its operations in Europe. The reason is simple: The USAF has a fantastic Air Logistics System serving 114 airfields in 34 countries, and it lacks the proper equipment to carry out this transport assignment for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization powers.

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TRANSPORT

Iata Conference Probes Traffic Snarl

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Single Defense for U.s., Canada Proposed

CONAD chief tells Senate group that Alaska, Northeast, Canadian Air Commands all run own defenses.

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EQUIPMENT

Seals Designed for Supersonic Speeds

New Haven, Conn.—External sealing and molding for canopy cracks, flap edges and other such uses are now being designed and manufactured with the same extreme care that goes into any other part of a supersonic airframe. The careful attention to streamlining required for high-speed aircraft and the increasing heat generated by modern planes plunging into the thermal barrier are demanding seals which will hold their shapes, be highly scuff-proof, and resist rubber-ruining ozone and temperature extremes ranging from —100F to + 500F.

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MANAGEMENT

Usaf Adopting New Approach to Interservice Rivalry: Ignore It

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MANAGEMENT

Washington Roundup

The Senate Airpower Investigating Subcommittee, headed by Sen. Stuart Symington (D.-Mo.), is now ready to move into the fourth and final phase of its investigation: an appraisal of the capability of U. S. airpower to discharge its missions in the light of what is known about the strength of the Communists.

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