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December 2, 1957

SAFETY

Fatal Dc-4 Flight Held ‘haphazard’

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Rotodyne Built for Short-haul Routes

MISSILE ENGINEERING

Firestreak Groomed for Operational Use

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SAFETY

Fatal Dc-4 Flight Held ‘haphazard’

Alaska Airlines Douglas C-54B-DC N 90449, was totally destroyed when it crashed and burned approximately 34 mi. east of Blyn, Wash., about 1719 P.S.T.,1 March 2, 1957. There were two passengers and a crew of three aboard the aircraft, all of whom received fatal injuries as a result of the accident.
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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Rotodyne Built for Short-haul Routes

White Waltham, England—Fairey’s Rotodyne, now in the early stages of its flight test program here (AW Nov. 18, p. 37), has been designed to beat both helicopter and fixed-wing transports on short-haul routes. Rotodyne is a twin-engined airliner which combines helicopter takeoff and landing performance with the cruise economy of a fixed-wing airplane.

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MISSILE ENGINEERING

Firestreak Groomed for Operational Use

Hatfield, England — De Havilland Firestreak infrared homing missile is about to enter full production for both Royal Air Force and Royal Navy. The air-to-air missile has been standardized as armament for Navy’s de Havilland Sea Vixen and RAF’s English Electric P.1B and Gloster Javelin.

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MISSILE ENGINEERING

Thor Designed for Fast Mass Production

Components, experience gained in ICBM programs are utilized to give USAF a reliable, available IRBM.

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BUSINESS FLYING

Floats Add Versatility for Tri-pacer

New York—Typical Tri-Pacer flight characteristics, coupled with extra power of its high-compression Lycoming O320-B engine, make the 160 Seaplane easy to handle and well suited for land-to-water pilot transition, AvIATION WEEK found in seaplane flight evaluation.

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MANAGEMENT

Greater Role Urged for Nato Science

Washington—Western Europe’s technical community will become effectively neutralized if NATO nations are not given cooperative projects for the development of large missiles and advanced weapon systems. This was the opinion of some leading U. S. and European scientists attending the Seventh General Assembly of NATO’s Advisory Group for Aeronautical Research and Development here last week.

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MANAGEMENT

Teller, Doolittle, Bush Ask More Defense

Washington—U. S. must strengthen its military defenses immediately, put much greater emphasis on research and science in general and make vast improvements in its educational system if it is to survive the rapidly growing threat of Russian scientific, military and political superiority, the Senate Preparedness Subcommittee was warned last week.

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Letters

I have read with interest Mr. L. S. Jablecki’s letter (AW Oct. 21, p. 150) inspired by Russell Hawkes’ article (AW Sept. 23, p. 64) about my Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences presentation on fatigue last September. Although Mr. Jablecki is quite outspoken in his disapproval of what he has read and is strongly insistent on his disagreement with my suggestions, I do not feel that we are as far apart as the tone of his remarks would indicate.
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AIR TRANSPORT

Airlines Press for Financial Stature

Carriers tell CAB of difficulty in finding money for new equipment as fare increase hearings continue.

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AVIONICS

M-1 Toss Bomb System Light, Simple

Brooklyn, N. Y.—Simple, lightweight semi-automatic toss-bombing system which resembles Low Altitude Bombing System (LABS) (AW July 22, p. 62) but reduces airplane exposure to enemy defenses and gives greater tactical flexibility has been revealed by Air Force.

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