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January 28, 1957

MISSILE ENGINEERING

Report Shows Soviet Interest in Space

AVIONICS

Avionic Consumers Union Proposed

British Procurement, Accounting Flayed

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MISSILE ENGINEERING

Report Shows Soviet Interest in Space

Robot tanks equipped as mobile laboratories with television cameras and telemetering instrumentation have been proposed as a first step in the exploration of the Moon by Soviet scientist Yu. S. Khlebtsevich. To place one of these tank-labs on the Moon would only require a rocket of several hundred tons gross weight, says Khlebtsevich, and the possibility of orbital refueling would reduce that figure to the order of 100 tons.
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AVIONICS

Avionic Consumers Union Proposed

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British Procurement, Accounting Flayed

House of Commons Select Committee assails aircraft industry for waste and failure in blistering report.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Cougar Doubles as Fighter-trainer

Bethpage, L. I., N. Y.—Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp. is optimistic about the chances of its F9E-8T to get top billing as an advanced fighter trainer for Naval Air Training Command. The case for the two-seat Cougar is based on the Grumman claim that it more closely parallels the handling and performance of upcoming Navy fighters than does its chief competitor, the Lockheed T2V.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Largest Intercity Copter Operation Grows

Sabena helicopters will carry 75,000 passengers this year; feed traffic to airline’s long haul service.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Boac Proposes New Navigation Plan

London—British Overseas Airways Corp. hopes to persuade scheduled airlines to adopt a uniform track guidance system for jet transports flying the North Atlantic. BOAC’s proposal, backed by data compiled from a series of transatlantic “paper” flights with DC-7Cs and Comet IIIs, would replace the present system of pressure-pattern flying, which the airline feels will be unsuited for jets.

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Letters

Credit to NACA I was interested to note the photographs of siliconized molybdenum prisms in a ramjet flameholder in the article on molybdenum by Russell Hawkes (Aviation Week, December 10, 1956). This molybdenum was used in combustion research in which I participated at the NACA Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory in Cleveland and credit is due the NACA for this experimental application.
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EQUIPMENT

Old-type Shaft Seal Adapts to Jets

New York—An old bellows type shaft seal, which has been giving faithful service for the past nine years on Curtiss-Wright Turbo Compound reciprocating engines, is expanding to applications on turboprop and turbojet powerplants and high rpm. airborne accessories.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Seamaster Tooling Nearly Complete

Proof of steadfast Navy backing for Martin P6M SeaMaster program is completion of the jet powered flying boat’s tooling. R. Hoe & Co., Bronx, N. Y., is just now winding up its $2 million plus contribution to SeaMaster production tooling.
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FINANCIAL

Navy Contracts

Following is a list of unclassified contracts of $25,000 and over as released by Navy Contracting Offices: AVIATION SUPPLY OFFICE, 700 Robbins Ave., Philadelphia 11, Pa. The Cleveland Pneumatic Tool Co.. 3781 East 77th St., Cleveland 5, Ohio, strut assys (383/2110-1907 X 7/1/53) 8 ea, $44,761.
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