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April 7, 1958

SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Usaf Directorate Backs Space Study

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Electra Designed for Production Savings

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Griffon Support Survives Economizing

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Usaf Directorate Backs Space Study

Pasadena, Calif.—Basic research leading to developments in space technology is being stimulated bv Directorate of Advanced Studies, Air Force Office of Scientific Research. This approach, emphasized by Directorate of Advanced Studies early in its existence, is the key effort in its overall mission to sponsor studies in broad areas indicating potentials leading to development of practical applications in future Air Force operational categories.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Electra Designed for Production Savings

This is the second of two articles by Irving Stone on the Lockheed Electra turboprop transport. The first article appeared in last week’s AVIATION WEEK. Burbank—Lockheed Aircraft Corp. has designed the Electra turboprop transport to stress levels considerably below the permissible ultimate tensile strength in wing, fuselage, empennage, landing gear and other parts of the aircraft.
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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Griffon Support Survives Economizing

Paris—France’s only solidly supported research aircraft is the Nord-Aviation 1500 Griffon, a supersonic delta-winged plane powered by a turbojet and ramjet. Like the ill-fated Leduc 0.22 (AW Nov. 4, 1957, p. 50), the Griffon has a single Snecma Atar turbojet hung in an annular duct that forms the ramjet.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

First Mono-atomic Ramjet Vehicle Designed for 59 Mi. Altitudes

New idea in missile propulsion is commanding increasing attention from the Air Force. It is called a monoatomic or recombination ramjet and derives its propulsive energy from the exothermic or heat producing recombination of free oxygen atoms in a narrow altitude band at around 60 mi.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Financial Crisis Hits All-cargo Airlines

Business recession, regulatory policies blamed; CAB gets first all-cargo airline subsidy request.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Pan American Jetliner Seminar Details 707 Flight, Crew Plans

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Naca to Spearhead U. S. Space Drive

Washington—National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics will get the major role in developing a national space technology program under proposals submitted to Congress last week by President Eisenhower. The President recommended creation of a new agency—the National Aeronautics and Space Agency—to do basic research and development for both military and civil applications of space technology and to organize and operate the civil phases of a space exploration program.

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Letters

Re your “Salute to Al Boyd” (AW March 17, p. 13), congratulations. DICK JOHNSON Chief Engineering Test Pilot Convair Edwards, Calif. Boyd Gives Credit I would like to express my most sincere appreciation for the great tribute paid me, the United States Air Force, and the men who contributed so much to the future of aviation through their efforts in experimental flight test during the period 1945 through 1957.
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AVIONICS

Amb Outlines Bid Award Method as Aid in 10 Procurement Plans

Washington—Airways Modernization Board has revealed details of the procedure it will use in picking winning contractors for its major developments and which was used to select General Precision Laboratory over 17 competitors to develop AMB’s new automatic data processing system.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Miami Expands to Meet Traffic Increase

Washington—Miami International Airport last week accelerated its terminal expansion program to prepare for a traffic increase this year that is expected to boost the airport into the nation’s top-ranking business field. As a result of the recent Civil Aeronautics Board decision in the Great Lakes-Southeast Service Case (AW March 31, p. 30), three major trunk-lines will make their appearance on the Florida scene for the first time.

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