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October 14, 1957

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Vulcan, Going to Squadron, Escapes Usual `teething'

AIR TRANSPORT

Twa Forecasts Jet Costs, Operations

AIR TRANSPORT

Dallas Air Terminal Stresses Comfort

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Vulcan, Going to Squadron, Escapes Usual `teething'

Waddington, England—-RAF’s first operational squadron equipped with the delta-winged Avro Vulcan has completed its conversion here. Crews of No. 83 Squadron, Bomber Command, have taken over the big white deltas from instructors of No. 23 Operational Conversion Unit.
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AIR TRANSPORT

Twa Forecasts Jet Costs, Operations

Turbine era can mean big profit—or economic disaster if timetable race begins, airline committee warns.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Dallas Air Terminal Stresses Comfort

Dallas—City of Dallas will celebrate completion of a major part of its $25 million expansion of Love Field this month with elaborate Texas-style ceremonies. In a week of festivities, Dallas will inaugurate its new $7.5 million terminal, a sprawling, eight-story green and red building that is the central feature in an expansion program that is virtually remaking Love Field.

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AVIONICS

Ge Seeks to Predict 1972’s Weapons

Santa Barbara, Calif.—General Electric has assembled here a staff of more than 50 top physical and social scientists and engineers to answer a question of vital importance both to the nation and to the company: How can the newest concepts on the technological horizon and the capabilities of one of the country’s largest defense electronics manufacturers best be applied to produce the weapon systems needed five to 15 years hence? General Electric’s Technical Military Planning Operation, called Tempo for short, is unique in many respects in the defense industry.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Electra Engines Perform Well in Flight

Burbank—Differences in flight characteristics which pilots used to piston engines will encounter flying Lockheed’s turboprop Electra transport should find favor if indications given by company’s current flying test bed hold true.

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MISSILE ENGINEERING

Impact of Russian Satellite to Boost U. S. Research Effort

Washington—Impact of Soviet satellite success, latest in a series of impressive Russian technological achievements, already has raised the status of military research and development from its lowest point in years. Although the U. S. satellite timetable apparently will not be accelerated, observers here agree that the Russian launching will serve as a stimulus to research and development programs that will help considerably to overcome the adverse affects of budget cuts.

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MISSILE ENGINEERING

Satellite’s Glow Permeates Barcelona

Barcelona—Russia’s satellite has totally eclipsed this Eighth International Astronautical Congress. Tremendous technical accomplishment of the Soviet scientists in launching a large and heavy satellite into the difficult north-south orbit came as a shock to many delegates here.

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BUSINESS FLYING

Explosive Business Flying Growth Seen

Denver—Active partnership in U.S. programs to modernize aviation facilities was offered business flyers by a White House official during National Business Aircraft Assn.’s 10th Annual Meeting & Forum here. This major political breakthrough, together with a display of jet-age technical developments that promise to have explosive effects on the U.S. aviation economy, forecast further increases in rate of growth of business flving, paving the way to a dominant position in the aviation industry in the next few years.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Laboratory Simulates 95-mi. Altitude

Beverly Hills, Calif.-Unique inhabited high-vacuum laboratory was unveiled here by Litton Industries, designer of the research tool, with the announcement that the vacuum chamber with an experimenter inside had been able to simulate 95-mi.-altitude pressure conditions.

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MISSILE ENGINEERING

Funds Preclude Icbm Defense for Cities

Washington—U. S. cities will not be defended against the Soviet ICBM under present plans of the Department of Defense. Both of the competing anti-missile missile systems currently being developed, Army’s Nike-Zeus and Air Force’s Wizard, are considered too expensive for this.
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