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February 10, 1958

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Usaf F-104 Completes Test Program, Enters Squadron Use

SAFETY

Faulty Approach Cited in Landing Crash

MISSILE ENGINEERING

Sled Track May Cut Missile Air Failure

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Usaf F-104 Completes Test Program, Enters Squadron Use

Burbank—Currently coming into the homestretch of its test phase, Lockheed Aircraft Corp.’s F-104 Starfighter is a combat aircraft design which encompasses the capabilities of a lightweight air superiority fighter, a ground support plane and an interceptor.

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SAFETY

Faulty Approach Cited in Landing Crash

Eastern Air Lines Flight 181, a Martin 404, N453A, was substantially damaged while landing at Louisville, Kentucky, on March 10, 1957, about 1138.1 A small ground fire developed but was quickly extinguished. One of the 31 passengers was seriously injured and five received minor injuries.
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MISSILE ENGINEERING

Sled Track May Cut Missile Air Failure

Holloman AFB, N. M.—New 35,000 ft. rocket sled track at the Air Force Missile Development Center here promises a cut in flight failure rate of new missiles. Experts here point out that the Fairchild Goose, successful from its initial flight, was the first missile to be completely track tested.

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Indecision Blocks Prompt Moon Strike

Pentagon is swamped by proposals to send existing hardware to Moon; bottleneck is in high echelons.

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MISSILE ENGINEERING

Army Launches Satellite, Bids for Space; Vanguard Fails

Washington—Army last week moved rapidly to exploit its successful launching of the first U.S. satellite by requesting Defense Department approval of plans to put two television reconnaissance vehicles, weighing 300 and 700 lb. respectively, into orbit before the end of the year.
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AIR TRANSPORT

1957 Transatlantic Traffic Over Million

Scheduled airlines carried 1,021,974 passengers, 22% more than 1956; top million mark for first time.

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Letters

Splendid Job We at Vertol have anxiously reached for AVIATION WEEK on the past few Mondays to find out how Mr. Farrell had reacted to his visit to the French forces in Algeria. I think I can speak for most of us in saying that Mr. Farrell has done a splendid reportorial job on the subject this year just as he did in the summer of 1956.
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AIR TRANSPORT

Alpa, Engineer Battle Reaches Climax

Washington—Fight between airline pilots and flight engineers over whether third crew members of jet aircraft will be qualified as pilots is scheduled to reach a climax this week as both sides present their cases to a Presidential Fact Finding Board in New York.

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Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences Meeting

Army Wants Vtol-stol Design Having High Payload, Simplicity

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MANAGEMENT

Army’s Capitol Hill Prestige Boosted By Satellite Success

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