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March 3, 1958

AIR TRANSPORT

Competition Stimulates World Traffic

SPECIFICATIONS

Leading Foreign Aircraft, Military and Civil

MISSILES

Missile Spending Spurred By Soviets

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AIR TRANSPORT

Competition Stimulates World Traffic

Airline traffic continued its growth in most areas of the world during 1957 and carriers of various nations stepped up their competitive pace in battling for the business. Route expansions took place over most major airline networks and the carriers added new, modern piston planes to their fleets and went ahead with orders and plans for the jet age.
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SPECIFICATIONS

Leading Foreign Aircraft, Military and Civil

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MISSILES

Missile Spending Spurred By Soviets

It also caught the U. S. defense effort corseted by stretch-outs and rigid budget ceilings. But a frightened populace was soon able to effect what a small group of military and industry leaders had long been trying to do. The S38billion ceiling on the defense budget was removed.

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Foreign

Military Cuts Offset British Exports

The order book for the year shows about 460 military planes worth about £100 million ($286 million) with India the leading customer, having bought 68 English Electric Canberras and more than 100 Hawker Hunters for a total cost of about £50 million ($143 million).
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Foreign

Soviets Hike Post-war Weapons Gains

Among the other new Soviet developments were: Flight testing of a new heavy jet bomber developed as a longer range and higher performance successor of the Bison bomber. Series production of a Mach 2 delta wing fighter (Fishpot) powered by a 22,000 lb. thrust turbojet.

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BUSINESS FLYING

Business Flying Gains New Markets

Industry serving business flying has grown stronger and broader than anytime in its history—in the past five years it has about doubled its annual production and tripled its dollar volume. Flying Increases Operationally, business pilots logged some 5 million hr. last year, approximately 1 million hours more than the combined total of all U. S. scheduled domestic airlines.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Profit Squeeze Stunts Trunk Growth

Earnings prospects for 1958 are somewhat brighter as the result of the Civil Aeronautics Board offer to hike fares by an average 6.6%. But the $44.8 million net profit now forecast for this year falls short of the earnings margin carriers say they need to finance jet equipment.

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Foreign

Budget Cuts Weaken French Industry

As AVIATION WEEK wrote at the time: “Technical leadership of western Europe’s aircraft industry is now both the property and the responsibility of the French.” Yet not many months after the June Air Show the industry was rocked by severe budget reductions.

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RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

Materials Hurdle: Speed, Temperature

And for both areas, another vital factor is involved. Practical solution of these materials and structures problems will require new approaches stressing teamwork between specialized skills, which formerly exercised relatively independent action in their particular fields.

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Foreign

Production Vital to Progress of German Aircraft Industry

The industry must manufacture under license, do subcontracting and in general scratch to stay alive until it has matured again to the point where it can stand on its own feet and produce its own designs. A delay is expected while the NATO member nations wait for the outcome of the military conference scheduled to take place this month.
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