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December 23, 1957

SAFETY

British Crash Tied to Lax Check Flights

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

West German Orders May Determine Sr.177’s Future

MISSILE ENGINEERING

Solid Fuels May Claim Big-missile Field

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SAFETY

British Crash Tied to Lax Check Flights

The Viking twin-engined aircraft GAJBO (normally called Bravo Oscar) involved in this accident was owned by Eagle Aviation Ltd., serviced by Eagle Aircraft Services Ltd. and under charter to the Air Ministry. On the evening of May 1, 1957, this aircraft was due to take off from Blackbushe, an airport controlled by the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation (hereinafter referred to as the MTCA), on a trooping flight to Idris in Tripoli.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

West German Orders May Determine Sr.177’s Future

London—Future of the Saunders-Roe 177, one of Britain’s most promising airplane designs, now almost certainly depends on an order from West Germany. An estimated six prototypes are being built at the Saunders-Roe factory on the Isle of Wight, under a Ministry of Supply contract on behalf of the Royal Navy.

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MISSILE ENGINEERING

Solid Fuels May Claim Big-missile Field

Redlands, Calif.—Solid fuel rockets will play an important, if not dominant, role in the large-missile field, according to staff members and officials of Grand Central Rocket Co. here. H. L. Thackwell, assistant president, points out that the only limit to the size and power of a solid propellant rocket is set by the means of transport from factory to pad.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Capt. Kincheloe’s Story of X-2 Record

The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics High-Speed Flight Station and the Air Force Flight Test Center have in the past nine years conducted several manned rocket-powered flight test programs involving very high-altitude conditions.

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MANAGEMENT

Pentagon Girds for New Research Feud

Military services are ready to battle for control of R&D with less Defense Department interference.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Bea, Industry Both Cool to Jet, Airline Will Soon Agree to Order

London—British European Airways decision on its 1964 short range jet transport is expected any day now after months of delay. Choice will be made from among three final design proposals: Bristol 200, submitted by Bristol Aeroplane Co.; DH 121 from de Havilland Aircraft Co., and the Avro 740 from A. V. Roe and Co.
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AVIONICS

Florida Grows as Center for Avionics

Orlando, Fla.—Newly formed Association of Florida Electronics Industry emphasizes the fact that this sunshine/citrus state has become one of the fastest growing centers of electronic-avionic activity in the nation. New association has 20 members with another 40 companies pledged to join.

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MANAGEMENT

Congress to Boost Defense Budget Above Administration Requests

Washington—Substantial increase in the Fiscal 1959 military budget—even beyond what the Administration will ask—appears certain as a result of the Senate Preparedness Investigating Subcommittee’s extensive look at missile and satellite programs.

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Letters

Congratulations on an excellent job for your two-part report on Countermeasures. (AW Nov. 18, p. 50; Nov. 25, p. 102.) As an unclassified document, it is the best analysis I have seen in a long time. DR. JOSEPH H. VOGELMAN Technical Director
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AIR TRANSPORT

New Routes Recommended for Mid-west

Washington—Extensive additions and improvements in the local air service pattern in seven mid-western states have been recommended by Civil Aeronautics Board Examiner Curtin C. Henderson. If the recommendations are adopted by the Board, it will fill a void in local service that has existed in North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota, an area which the examiner terms the nation’s “bread basket.”

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