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March 31, 1958

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Electra’s Goal Is Short-medium Market

AVIONICS

Altitude Data Aids Weapon Design Study

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Saab Producing J35 Draken Sub-assemblies Underground

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Electra’s Goal Is Short-medium Market

Burbank—Lockheed Aircraft Corp. is relying on its Electra transport’s combination of turbojet engine and propeller to better the economics of the U. S. air travel segments which carry about 75% of airline traffic—the short to medium range runs.

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AVIONICS

Altitude Data Aids Weapon Design Study

Natural and induced environments that will be encountered by future Air Force weapon systems operating at altitudes above 75,000 ft. are being studied for USAF by Radio Corp. of America to develop ideas for design of simulation facilities for these vehicles.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Saab Producing J35 Draken Sub-assemblies Underground

Linkoping, Sweden—Tooling for the Saab J35 Draken was a paramount design consideration from the start, once it became known that the Swedish air force wanted the all-weather fighter plane in quantity. Before the prototype flew, the company was authorized to start ordering long lead-time material for an initial production order.

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BUSINESS FLYING

Republic Aims Alouette at Civil Market

New York—Foundation for a longrange program of rotary wing aircraft design, sales and service aimed primarily at serving commercial requirements is being built by Republic Aviation Corp.’s newly formed Helicopter Division. “We are not forgetting the military, but this thing has to grow on the basis of cooperation with commercial helicopter operators,” Herbert Munsey, manager of the division emphasized to AVIATION WEEK.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Military Space Goals Stir Controversy

Los Angeles—Military and civilian speakers sparred at the Western Space Conference of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce over the objectives and management of U. S. military space programs. Keynote speaker Lee A. Dubridge, president of California Institute of Technology, warned against “wild programs of Buck Rogers stunts and insane pseudo-military expeditions.”

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Aircraft, Rocket Fuel Power May Rise

Dallas—More power per gallon is the promise of a number of new aviation and rocket fuels now under development. To the airline operator, these fuels will mean more payload and/or range per dollar. More important, to the missile manufacturer they will mean more powerful engines that will be smaller, weigh less and, in some instances, even cost less than present day powerplants.

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AIR TRANSPORT

American Replies to Load Factor Charge

Washington—American Airlines has termed as “totally unrealistic” Civil Aeronautics Board charges that the airline can restore its 1953-56 average system load factor by control over flight schedules. Testifying for American in the General Pasesnger Fare Investigation, Melvin Brenner, assistant director of schedule planning and forecasting, said the airline’s present load factor is lower than the earlier average primarily because its load factor during the 1953-56 period was “abnormally” high due to a lack of equipment and a lower level of competition.

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MISSILE ENGINEERING

Army Modifies Arsenal Concept; Pershing Contract Goes to Martin

Washington—Armv has taken a major step toward modification of its arsenal concept of developing missiles and space vehicles by awarding a multimillion dollar contract to the Martin Co. for research, development, testing and production of the 500-700 mi.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Cab Fare Probe to Continue Into 1959

Board to resist pleas to cut short investigation in its search to determine passenger fare level standards.

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MANAGEMENT

Washington Roundup

White House and Defense Department last week ordered work begun on the nation’s first real space projects under the direction of Advanced Research Projects Agency. They include three Air Force moon probes, one and possibly two Army moon probes and two or three more Army earth satellites.

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