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October 20, 1958

AIR TRANSPORT

Airlines Begin Transition to Jet Aircraft

MANAGEMENT

Technology Raises Modernization Tempo

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

X-15 Rolls Out; Capability for Mach 7 Is Visualized

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AIR TRANSPORT

Airlines Begin Transition to Jet Aircraft

Largest modernization program in history of U. S. lines calls for capital outlay of $2.8 billion.

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MANAGEMENT

Technology Raises Modernization Tempo

Washington — Rapid technological strides and shifting procurement policies are forcing industry to accelerate its pace of modernization. Specialized facilities, machine tools capable of forging state-of-the-art advances into hardware and basic management reorganization to fit the new era must be provided—and much of it must come from industry funds.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

X-15 Rolls Out; Capability for Mach 7 Is Visualized

Inglewood, Calif.—North American Aviation’s X-15, hypersonic research aircraft which will probe the approaches to true manned space flight was rolled out here last week, two weeks ahead of the date which was scheduled three vears ago. Generally attributed with a capability of 100-mi.-altitude, and 3,600 mph.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

British Develop New Helicopter Turbines

London—Four turboshaft powerplants in the 1,000 shaft horsepower class are being developed in Britain for the next generation of rotary wing aircraft. Armstrong Siddelev Motors Ltd. P.181, Blackburn and General Aircraft Ltd. A. 120, de Havilland Engine Co. Ltd. Gnome—which is a license-built General Electric T58 unit—and Napier and Son Ltd.’s Gazelle, Jr., are competing for prospectively big orders both at home and for export.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Engine Test Facility Design Cuts Costs

Derby, England—Flexible arrangement of new Rolls-Royce high altitude engine test bed facility is designed to slash capital and running costs and has made possible a control system which permits a complete flight plan from takeoff to landing to be automatically programmed.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Space Strategy Hinges on Time Factors

Dallas—Significance of strategic space operations of the future lies in the compression of time for action and reaction to the point where the time factor will become a new fourth dimension in military strategy. This expansion from the present concept of three-dimensional warfare was described by Gen. Thomas S. Power, commander of the Strategic Air Command, at the Air Force Assn, convention here.
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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Jt12 Design Geared to Permit Early Production Date

East Hartford, Conn.—First design details of Pratt & Whitney’s new entry into the small turbojet engine field point up the ruggedness, simplicity and proven engineering methods woven into the high performance, medium pressure ratio JT12.

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AVIONICS

Usaf Proposes Satellite Relay Stations

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MANAGEMENT

Amc’s Procurement, Production System Undergoing Realignment

Dallas-Air Materiel Command is realigning its procurement and production organization in an effort to meet the management demands of increasingly complex weapon systems. Policy and operational functions of the Directorate of Procurement and Production have been separated in a move which emphasizes integrated weapon system management, including procurement, supply, maintenance, transportation and other functions involved in logistics support.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Jets Demand Unprecedented Utilization

Miami Beach, Fla.—U. S. airlines must keep their new jet transports in the air an unprecedented percentage of the time if the aircraft are to become an economic success. Airlines and the aircraft manufacturers estimated that the large turbojet transports will have to be operated between 10 and 11 hr. per dav if they are to make money.

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