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December 9, 1957

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Sabreliner Fits Usaf Shelf Item Concept

AIR TRANSPORT

Inadequate Facilities Jeopardize Jet Era

BUSINESS FLYING

Beech Reveals 1958 Line, Big Backlog

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Sabreliner Fits Usaf Shelf Item Concept

Inglewood, Calif.—Prototype Sabreliner, North American Aviation’s twinjet utility trainer, projected to meet Air Force requirements, is being pushed to meet a scheduled May 15, 1958, rollout date. First flight is targeted for the following month.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Inadequate Facilities Jeopardize Jet Era

New York—Airline jet operations could fail completely without adequate ground equipment—practically none of which is in existence today, members of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers were told last week at their annual meeting here.

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BUSINESS FLYING

Beech Reveals 1958 Line, Big Backlog

Beech Aircraft Corp. now has a firm backlog of more than $14.8 million worth of 1958 model business aircraft orders, company president Mrs. O. A. Beech, revealed after a recent annual sales meeting. The meeting was held for 375 distributor and dealer personnel from the United States and 20 foreign countries at Wichita, Kans.

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AVIONICS

Usaf Expert Proposes Future Devices

Utica—Radically new components and techniques required to meet Air Force needs of 20 years from now were suggested here by one of USAF’s top communications experts, Dr. Joseph H. Vogelman, head of the Directorate of Communications of Rome Air Development Center.

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BUSINESS FLYING

Sales Push Urged for General Aviation

Dallas—Blunt warnings that general aviation will have to present a united front and do a better job of selling itself were heard by delegates to the 18th annual convention of the National Aviation Trades Assn, held here recently. Such warnings were given by both industry and government speakers during the three-day meeting of fixed base operators, aerial applicators and air taxi operators.

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Letters

The moon’s portrait taken by the ROTI Mk. II camera (AW Oct. 28, cover) has been the subject of considerable discussion in our office, at least, and in letters to your magazine. Aside from the technical quality of the photograph, a strange phenomenon has been generally noticed: the craters often appear as mounds instead of depressions, and often snap or “oil-can” back and forth from one shape to the other.
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EQUIPMENT

Instant Response Claimed for Climb Unit

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FINANCIAL

Stock Transactions

Washington—Acquisition of $500,000 in 54% convertible sub-debentures by Tom B. Slick, director of Slick Airways, Inc., his entire holding, and acquisition of 10,498 common shares of Slick common stock by T. B. Slick for a holding 84,545 has been reported by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Helicopter Stabilization Gains Test Hours

Bridgeport Conn.—Complete handsoff stability for helicopters provided through an electronic system has been found feasible and reliable in large scale use in over 60,000 hr. of operation in 200 Navy helicopters. Reliability of this electronic automatic stabilization equipment (ASE) is indicated by the fact that it averaged more than 200 hr. use without a crab (malfunction of any type) and more than 800 hr. without complete loss of the system.

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MISSILE ENGINEERING

Army Partisans Rap Aircraft Industry

Memorandum declares automobile industry fathered mass production and could best produce IRBMs.

December 21957 MID-DECEMBER1957