December 3, 1956

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Usaf Receives Highly Versatile C-130

SAFETY

Puget Sound Crash Follows Buffeting

AVIONICS

Auto-tester Finds Fault, Details Repair

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Usaf Receives Highly Versatile C-130

Marietta, Ga.—In the Lockheed C-130A Hercules combat transport, Tactical Air Command will be getting an airplane of tremendous versatility. The C-130 can deliver men, material and supplies by air drop or landings. It is self-sufficient on the ground, with starting and other support systems integrated into the airplane itself.

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SAFETY

Puget Sound Crash Follows Buffeting

Northwest Airlines’ Flight 2, a B-377, N 74608, was ditched in Puget Sound, 4.7 nautical miles southwest of Seattle-Tacoma Airport, April 2, 1956, at 0810,1 approximately four minutes after takeoff. All occupants successfully evacuated the aircraft but four of the 32 passengers and one of the crew of six drowned.
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AVIONICS

Auto-tester Finds Fault, Details Repair

Automatic line maintenance testers can now be designed which will enable a relatively unskilled operator to check out practically all of the avionic, hydraulic and pneumatic systems in an airplane or missile in less than 30 min., according to Sperry Gyroscope Co.

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New Rocket Research Vehicles Detailed

American Rocket Society receives data on upper atmosphere research programs at annual meeting.
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FINANCIAL

Stock Transactions

Acquisition of 388,685 common shares of Braniff Airways stock by William A. Blakley, a director of the company, was reported by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The purchase raised Blakley’s total Braniff holding to 517,995 shares. Charles E. Beard, an officer and director, acquired 8,100 common shares for a total holding of 21,600.
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MISSILE ENGINEERING

Impact of Wilson’s Memo Will Be Known After Budget Hits Congress

Washington—Full impact of Defense Secretary Charles E. Wilson’s “clarification” of Army and Air Force roles and missions will not be known until after the Fiscal 1958 defense budget reaches Congress—where interservice battles supposedly settled by the clarification are almost certain to be fought all over again.

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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: WARNER ROBINS AIR MATERIEL AREA, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. Radio Corp of America, Front St., Camden, N. J., modification kits for retrofit of various fire control systems (PR-431244), $26886.
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AIR TRANSPORT

Air Cargo Firms Need Sales Techniques

New York—Viewing the air cargo business as a future industry whose potential is “just around the corner” is seriously handicapping its present development, according to T. J. Harris, director of cargo sales for American Airlines. Addressing members of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Harris cited a “veil of economic naivete” in selling air cargo transportation as another roadblock in making the most of present opportunities.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Pilot Fatigue’s Role in Accidents Debated at Geneva Civil Air Meet

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MANAGEMENT

Washington Roundup

Top Army Aviation officers are saving privately that Army’s eagerness to play a leading role in the ballistic missile field is to blame for weight and mission limits imposed upon Army aircraft in Defense Secretary Charles E. Wilson’s memorandum of clarification issued last week on roles and missions (see page 30).

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