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September 9, 1957

SAFETY

Lodestar Spun in for Reasons Unknown

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Exercises Prove Tac’s Air Task Force

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Army Begins Cost Cutting Program Based on 1,000 Hr. Test Results

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SAFETY

Lodestar Spun in for Reasons Unknown

A Lockheed Lodestar, model 18-14, N 28366, owned and operated by the Phillips Petroleum Company, crashed and burned 6½ miles southeast of the Bartlesville, Okla., Municipal Airport, Dec. 12, 1956, about 0850.1 Both pilots and the six passengers were killed.
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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Exercises Prove Tac’s Air Task Force

Foster AFB, Texas—Tactical Air Command has successfully concluded the most ambitious test yet conducted of its Composite Air Strike Force concept. Combat exercises completed in the Southwest U.S. and overseas were designed to prove out the planning and organizational work done by TAC's 19th Air Force, formed here two years ago to develop a highly mobile air task force for use in “brush fire” war situations.
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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Army Begins Cost Cutting Program Based on 1,000 Hr. Test Results

Ft. Rucker, Ala.—Army Aviation is creating the means to make a major reduction in its helicopter operating costs, officially described in the past as high enough to force the Army to stop using helicopters in large numbers. Unique type of accelerated service test just completed here is a vital part of a new approach to more economic rotary wing operation.

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BUSINESS FLYING

Turbofan Seaplane Will Fly Next Year

Van Nuys, Calif.—Twin-turbofan-powered, 340-mph.-cruise, 8-place amphibian with unusual refinements is being designed as a cooperative enterprise by a group of West Coast engineers organized as Air Craft Marine Engineering (AW, Apr., 1, p. 34).

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Sbac Display Suggests British Missile Policy Is Premature

Impressive aircraft performance in flight demonstrations contrasts with unimpressive missiles.

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MANAGEMENT

Temco Orients to System Management

Dallas—Temco Aircraft Corp. has reorganized its engineering department along weapon system management lines in an effort to make the company a stronger contender in the increasingly competitive battle for military business. To an engineering department organized along functional lines, Temco has added a program management group.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

F-103 Demise Clouds Dual Cycle Future

New York—USAF’s cancellation of the Republic Aviation Corp. XF-103 advanced interceptor leaves a question mark in the status of a possible Mach 2.5-4 fighter. Officially, USAF gave budgetary reasons for the cut (AW Aug. 26, p. 33). Doubts as to the feasibility of the dual-cycle engined (turbojet-ramjet) Mach 3 fighter were not mentioned as a factor though some USAF sources at Wright Aeronautical Center, Dayton, Ohio, indicated that now there might be “better ways of doing the mission.”

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EQUIPMENT

What's New

Recognition and Identification of Complex Visual Forms as a Function of the Labeling System Employed—by H. W. Hake and C. W. Ericksen, The John Hopkins University for the Wright Air Development Center: $.75; 28pp. (P.B. 121358). Compatibility of Greases—by E. S. Meade, Rock Island Arsenal Laboratory, U. S. Army Corps: $1.75; 67pp. (P.B. 121737).
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EQUIPMENT

Usaf Pilots Favor Centerline Lighting

Centerline approach lighting system and flush-mounted threshold lights were strongly endorsed by Air Force and Navy as a result of recent airport approach lighting system evaluation by these services. Tests were conducted at March Air Force Base, Calif.
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SAFETY

Letters

Today I received No. 23 issue of AVIATION WEEK from June 10, and I noticed that the edition has now a total of 70,043 (copies). As an old reader of this spectacular weekly I have watched ever since the constant rise of issues printed, so that I will take this opportunity to congratulate you and your fine outfit for the perfect job done.
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