November 19, 1956

SAFETY

C-46 Crash Caused By Structural Failure

TRANSPORT

Brazilian Mergers Spur Equipment Race

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Successful British Rocket Motor Killed

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SAFETY

C-46 Crash Caused By Structural Failure

N 9904F, a Curtiss-Wright C-46F, crashed in a cornfield near Hollywood (18 miles southwest of Charleston), S. C., at approximately 2040,1 Dec. 17, 1955. The aircraft was destroyed by impact and fire which followed; both pilots, the only occupants, were killed.
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TRANSPORT

Brazilian Mergers Spur Equipment Race

Rio de Janeiro—Brazilian airlines are following a pattern of consolidations and mergers that is intensifying competition and promoting orders for new equipment. The nation’s carriers are growing smaller in number and larger in size, and they are turning to new equipment to help them in the stiff competitive battles for traffic.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Successful British Rocket Motor Killed

A throttleable rocket engine burning jet fuel and liquid oxygen passed its flight clearance test at continuously variable thrust ratings from 800 to 8,000 lb. in Britain last year. But the successful project was killed by a decision that there was no application for a liquid oxygen rocket motor for use in a piloted airplane.

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FINANCIAL

Usaf Contracts

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EQUIPMENT

U. S. Jumper Tests Russian Parachutes

New York—Russian parachutes take a lot of the jar out of parachuting at the two most jarring moments—when the canopy snaps open, and when the jumper lands. They also are more maneuverable than American steerable ’chutes. However, the Russian parachutes are much heavier and bulkier than American-made 'chutes.

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BUSINESS FLYING

Cessna 172 Pilot Needs Minimum Skill

Long Beach, Calif.—Base of Cessna Aircraft Company’s line of business airplanes is the Model 172, a small, light, stable airplane which well suits the company’s sales slogan—“Take a drive in the sky.” Selling for about $8,750, the Model 172 has been introduced with a new 1957 decor featuring a new type of paint trim and interiors.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Alpa Outlines Jet-age Bargaining Plan

Basic wage and rules program drafted by pilots’ union at biennial convention in Chicago.

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AVIONICS

Russia Calls for Elimination of Aircraft Instrument Shortcomings

Russia has called for prompt and decisive action to eliminate “serious shortcomings” in aircraft instrumentation. The move followed an investigation into Red Air Force charges that new Soviet instruments often do not meet operational needs and are incorrectly positioned in the cockpit.
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Rivalry, Secrecy Blamed for ‘leaks’

Industry, military and press blamed by Coolidge committee; overclassification condemned.

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AVIONICS

More Codes Crucial to Atc Beacon Use

Baltimore—ATC radar beacon system could prove to be the greatest boon to air traffic control since the advent of radar—providing the number of transponder codes now authorized by the Defense Department for Common System use can be increased by a factor of 10 or more.

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