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September 30, 1957

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

P. 1b Combines Maneuverability, Speed

BUSINESS FLYING

Lockheed Hopes Early Prototype Will Stimulate Jetstar Orders

AVIONICS

New Techniques, Materials for 500c Components

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

P. 1b Combines Maneuverability, Speed

Warton, England—English Electric’s P. 1B is currently flying at speeds approaching 1,200 mph. underscoring its predominant position as Britain’s first truly supersonic military aircraft. Most impressive of the airplanes demonstrated at Farnborough this year, the P. 1 series has outstanding low-level and high-altitude maneuverability coupled with supersonic flight performance from about 1,000 ft. on up to its ceiling, which is currently limited by powerplant rather than by aerodynamic considerations.

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BUSINESS FLYING

Lockheed Hopes Early Prototype Will Stimulate Jetstar Orders

Burbank, Calif.—Lockheed CL-329 Jetstar, first light utility jet transport to fly, will be built at the company’s Marietta, Ga., plant if and when enough orders are received to justify production. It was moved from sketch pad to first flight in 241 days by a blue ribbon team of 41 engineers (prototype came within three pounds of predicted weight) and 310 technicians and administrators in response to a letter a year ago to 28 manufacturers from Maj. Gen. David H. Baker, then Director of Procurement and Production for Air Materiel Command.

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AVIONICS

New Techniques, Materials for 500c Components

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AIR TRANSPORT

Britannia Delays Hit Boac, Northeast

Because aircraft won’t be ready for Florida season, U. S. airline sets conditions for retention of order.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Subsidy Lines May Retain Sales Profit

Washington—Civil Aeronautics Board is authorized to allow subsidized airlines to retain the profit from the sale of property if it is needed for reinvestment in new equipment, according to Examiner Paul N. Pfeiffer. In his initial decision in the Capital Gains Proceeding, Pfeiffer concluded that CAB has the power to permit retention of such gains for reinvestment in new equipment rather than considering the amount as other revenue to reduce subsidy payments to the carrier.

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EQUIPMENT

Infrared Simulates Aerodynamic Heating

Infrared heat lamps that simulate thermal thickets are expected to soon take their place alongside supersonic wind tunnels and stress stands as important development tools for supersonic aircraft and missiles. Largest sales effort on this new type of facility has been from the aviation section of Westinghouse’s Transportation Sales Dept., East Pittsburgh Works, Pittsburgh, Pa., but other companies such as Spar, a small electronic firm in Wyncote, Pa., General Electric Co., the exclusive supplier of the heating lamps, and Research Inc., Minneapolis, Minn., are selling components and are considering offering integrated systems later.

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Fighters Compete for Nato Approval

Lack of power in all contenders leads observers to believe prize will be limited pre-production order.

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AIR TRANSPORT

More Thrust Improves Russia’s Tu-110

Moscow—Design details of Russia’s new four jet transport, the Tu-110, have been revealed by the aircraft’s only prospective operator, Aeroflot. The state-owned airline reports that the aircraft was designed, built and flown within an 18 month period.
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MANAGEMENT

Washington Roundup

Watch for final release of USAF’s final Fiscal 1958 buying program within the next couple of weeks. This will soon be followed by the release of some money due contractors to launch production. The Defense Department confirms that shopping lists have been delayed for the most part, with only enough released to keep essential wheels rolling.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Bell Tests H-40 Drive for Durability

Fort Worth, Texas—Bell Helicopter Corp. is currently testing a drive system for the H-40 turbine-powered helicopter which is designed to give the H-40 a 1.000 hour life between overhauls. Transmission and the rest of the drive system on the H-40 were designed for simplicity and long life, and the system is going through an extensive test program here to prove that it is a reliable 1.000 hour overhaul item.

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