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November 5, 1956

SAFETY

Dramatic Story of X-1a Rescue Told

HUMAN FACTORS

Air Crash Death Or Injury May Be Prevented By Sound Detail Design

AVIONICS

Discovery May Triple Uhf-vhf Range

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SAFETY

Dramatic Story of X-1a Rescue Told

Six employes of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics and an Air Force pilot will receive awards later this month for their roles in the dramatic rescue of NACA research pilot Joseph A. Walker just before the loss of the Bell X-1A rocket research plane on Aug. 8, 1955.
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HUMAN FACTORS

Air Crash Death Or Injury May Be Prevented By Sound Detail Design

Death and severe injury can be prevented in any crash unless it is violent enough to disintegrate the cabin structure. Sound detail design in the cabin is the preventive. The tacit assumption of the hopelessness of designing for crash survival gradually is being replaced by realization that the anatomy of man is rugged enough to withstand impacts greater than any which can be transmitted through the structure of a current airplane.

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AVIONICS

Discovery May Triple Uhf-vhf Range

Utica, N. Y.—The discovery of new tropospheric scatter phenomena has opened the possibility of extending the reliable range of UHF-VHF voice communications between aircraft and ground stations several hundred miles beyond present line of sight limits.

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Us Af Reveals New X-2 Crash Details

High-speed pitching caused pilot to eject capsule; blackout prevented final steps to safety.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Caa Details Results of Collision Tests

General acceptance of proximity-warning devices needed to ease threat of mid-air collisions.

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MISSILE ENGINEERING

Vanguard Depends on Tools and Gages

Flight performance of the Vanguard is the controlling requirement in Martin Company’s manufacture of the earth satellite vehicle. The two factors that determine whether the Vanguard will be a satellite or a meteor—its final velocity and angular heading exert their influence far into structural design, manufacturing precision and testing adequacy.

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EDITORIAL

Spearhead of Progress

The recent industry-military inspection of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics Laboratory at Langley AFB, Va., was a dazzling display of new research facilities and techniques actively exploring areas that, until a few years ago, were considered strictly within the realm of science fiction writers.

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SAFETY

Pilots Warned After Freak F-11f Crash

Washington—Pilots of supersonic U. S. fighter aircraft have been warned not to hold course after firing their machine guns as a result of an unusual accident in which a Grumman F-11F-1 Tiger overtook several of its own projectiles. Neither combat tactics nor aircraft design will be altered as a result of the accident, but Navy’s Bureau of Aeronautics and Bureau of Ordnance feel that such an incident could happen again, given the right circumstances.

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AIR TRANSPORT

New Braniff, Delta Route Prospects Good

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Controllers Propose New Ways for Jet, Helicopter Integration

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