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September 16, 1957

BUSINESS FLYING

Performance Rises in Supercharged Gull

Dew Line Adds 100 Minutes Warning

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Logistic Concept Built on Seamistress

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BUSINESS FLYING

Performance Rises in Supercharged Gull

Los Angeles—Trecker Amphibian, with high gull wings, supercharged pusher engines and the high drag normal to boat hull configuration, yields excellent performance for its class and has good flight characteristics. Basically a Piaggio design which has been in use with Italian Navy for some vears, the plane was redesigned for U. S. certification under CAR 3 Standard Category.

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Dew Line Adds 100 Minutes Warning

Point Barrow, Alaska—Distant Early Warning Line, a network of more than 50 radar stations stretching across 3,000 mi. of desolate wasteland several hundred miles above the Arctic circle is now fully operational. Against enemy jets striking over the North Pole, the $540 million DEW Line investment should buy 100 precious minutes of advance warning time in which to muster continental defenses and launch strategic counterpunches.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Logistic Concept Built on Seamistress

Washington—Martin Co.’s campaign to sell the SeaMistress logistics concept (AW Sept. 2, p. 29) is based on the premises that airlift will be a dominant factor in limited wars, that the sendees have no modern airlift program at present and that at least part of logistics operations for such wars should be water-based.

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PRODUCTION BRIEFING

Letters

The AVIATION WEEK issue of Aug. 5 carried an article, entitled “Bristol Pushes Gear Changes To Meet Northeast Schedule” (p. 67), which leaves the impression that the Civil Aeronautics Administration was dilatory in keeping the British Air Registration Board fully informed as to the standards required for landing gear on the turboprop Bristol Britannia.
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AIR TRANSPORT

Jet Profits Linked to Navigation Aids

IATA Technical Committee warns that large scale facility, research development program needed.

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Air Force to Cut R&d Expenditures 8%

Economy drive may mean reshuffling, curtailment or elimination of some of ARDC’s facilities.

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MANAGEMENT

Missiles Force AMC Logistics Appraisal

Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio— USAF’s Air Materiel Command sees three reasons why there must be major readjustments in its logistics to meet the impact of missile weapon systems: Pace of activity by combat units will increase at a much faster rate at the outbreak of war than it would if the weapon systems utilized manned aircraft.

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MANAGEMENT

Washington Roundup

USAF is dropping hints that further contract cuts will become imperative in order to complete the “big jump" concept in development. Lt. Gen. Clarence S. Irvine, deputy chief of staff, materiel, says Mach 3 is the next milestone in speed and that Air Force headquarters is determined it will be achieved.

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MISSILE ENGINEERING

British Missile Sales Barriers Loom

Farnborough—Current British drive to export guided missiles systems to friendly countries has three major hurdles to clear: customer education in the systems concept, acceptance of high initial cost, and development of production capacity to cope with more than one order at a time.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Cab Opinion Charges Specht Used Emergency Power in ‘anger’

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