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June 2, 1958

MISSILE ENGINEERING

Support Items Total 87% of Thor Cost

AVIONICS

Electrochemistry May Cut Circuit Size

MANAGEMENT

Congress Demands Tight Traffic Control

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MISSILE ENGINEERING

Support Items Total 87% of Thor Cost

Los Angeles—Thor intermediate range ballistic missile ground support equipment—the facilities and hardware required to ensure a successful mission— was designed to meet these requirements: Reaction time which has to be less than the time required for an enemy missile to fly to the Thor site from the enemy target area.

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AVIONICS

Electrochemistry May Cut Circuit Size

Washington — Electronic technology may be on the threshold of the most revolutionary change in its history, spurred by needs of space vehicles for microminiature size avionic equipment capable of unfailing operation for extended periods.

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MANAGEMENT

Congress Demands Tight Traffic Control

Viscount—T-33 collision spurs new investigations; experts warn present airways already overtaxed.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Basic Factors Complicate Plasma Work

Washington—Two primary points concerning magnetohvdrodynamics are being made today by virtually all the scientists active in this new branch of physics. They are: Research into and applications of magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) are enormously complicated by the large number of factors that must be considered simultaneously.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Transatlantic Charter Growth Foreseen

Scheduled carriers anticipate 10% traffic increase above last season’s 50,000 charter passengers.

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Letters

This is in reference to your report “Partial Submersion Eases G Force Effect” on p. 33 of the May 12 issue of AVIATION WEEK. The idea of submerging a human being to moderate the effects of G force was proposed by Hugh De Haven, former Director of Aviation Crash Injury Research, as early as 1945.
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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Lockheed Awaits Nuclear Airplane Order

Marietta, Ga.—Lockheed’s Georgia Division, which only recently was requested by USAF to submit designs for a low-level nuclear powered bomber, is geared to produce a nuclear airplane in about three years’ time, assuming availability of powerplant.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Test Pilots Report on Fiat G.91 Design

Geneva—First official flight test reports on the Fiat G.91 lightweight strike fighter emphasize that transition to the plane should be easy, even for inexperienced pilots. Extensive series of flights bv contractor and military test and check pilots of Italy, France, Germany, the United States and Turkey, have confirmed the basic aim of Fiat’s engineering teams: to produce an unsophisticated, easy-to-fly aircraft designed for a 150-mi. ground attack mission.

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EDITORIAL

A Study in Frustration

With congressional clamor for “emergency action to solve air traffic control problems reaching a new peak in intensity and assininity as we anticipated a few weeks ago (AW April 28, p. 21), it might be well to review the long and frustrating history on some valiant postwar attempts to build a safe and efficient modern airways system.

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BUSINESS FLYING

S-62 Slated for Full Production in 1961

Stratford, Conn.—Sikorsky Aircraft expects to have its new turbine-powered S-62 utility helicopter in large-scale production in 1961 at a price of approximately S215,000-$220,000 depending on whether customers want either a General Electric T58 or slightly lowerpowered Lycoming T53 turboshaft engine.

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