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June 17, 1957

AIR TRANSPORT

Delta Buckles Down to Jet Planning

PRODUCTION ENGINEERING

Heavy Skin, Fail-safe Features Mark 880

AVIONICS

Meteor Burst Extends Vhf Radio Range

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AIR TRANSPORT

Delta Buckles Down to Jet Planning

Traffic, fleet analyzed by management consultants to give carrier picture of future maintenance need.

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PRODUCTION ENGINEERING

Heavy Skin, Fail-safe Features Mark 880

San Diego—In the engineering of its 880 jet transport, Convair Division of General Dynamics Corp. has insured added protection against explosive decompression by increasing the gage of fuselage skin beyond normal practice. Convair’s engineering philosophy in this approach has been to substitute skin weight for acoustical tape, along with elimination of stringers over a considerable area and minimization of stringer size where these units are used.

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AVIONICS

Meteor Burst Extends Vhf Radio Range

Hanscom Field, Mass.—Meteor burst scatter communications, a new radio technique that can provide 1,400 mile voice, teletype and possibly facsimile transmissions at VHF frequencies with low powers, has been established by recent tests.

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MISSILE ENGINEERING

Martin Denver Integrates Titan Needs

Denver—One of the newest facilities to be erected specifically for the production of very large missiles—in this case the Titan intercontinental ballistic missile—is busy with activity in a remote, rugged location 20 miles southwest of Denver.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Chicago Helicopter Sees Traffic Record

Chicago—Chicago Helicopter Airways, last of the three scheduled U.S. helicopter lines to begin passenger service, expects to lead the industry by the end of 1957. Current estimates predict an all-time traffic record of more than 100,000 passengers for the year.

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Fiscal Policy Forcing Airpower Cuts

USAF Secretary Douglas warns ‘drastic’ slowdown assured if administration holds to fiscal plan.

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MISSILE ENGINEERING

Navy Views Polaris as Support Weapon

San Francisco—Navy’s fleet ballistic missile Polaris will be a supporting weapon in future task forces which will still be built around the aircraft carrier, Rear Adm. W. F. Raborn told members of the American Rocket Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

New Alloys Can Avoid Weight Rise

San Francisco—Currently available heat-resistant materials will impose serious weight penalty on the high performance supersonic aircraft, but promising high strength experimental titanium or other alloys in development can make the hot airplane competitive in gross weight with present aluminum alloy airplanes.
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MANAGEMENT

Sac Prepares to Take Control of Complex of Spanish Bases

Madrid, Spain—USAF’s Strategic Air Command will take over operational control of the 16th Air Force here on July 1. With the 16th SAC will get a complex of four new bases serviced by a 485-mile fuel pipeline and seven aircraft control and warning stations.

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MANAGEMENT

Washington Roundup

Watch for public announcement early this week that Edward P. Curtis has submitted his resignation to the White House as special assistant to the president for aviation facilities planning. Resignation became effective on Saturday. Appointment of Lt. Gen. Elwood Quesada as his successor, first predicted by AVIATION WEEK (May 27, p. 25), was scheduled to take place immediately after the effective date of the resignation.

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