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January 12, 1959

SAFETY

Mechanic Blamed in Western Crash

AVIONICS

Army to Evaluate Bell Helicopter Ils

Space Technology

Soviet Moon Success Follows Failures

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SAFETY

Mechanic Blamed in Western Crash

At 1344,1 Feb. 13, 1958, just after takeoff, Western Air Lines Flight 19 experienced severe control difficulty and made an emergency geardown landing in the desert 4 mi. north-northwest of the Palm Springs, Calif., Airport. During the ground roll the aircraft, a Convair 240, N 8405H, struck large boulders in its path and fire occurred which consumed the major portion of the aircraft.
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AVIONICS

Army to Evaluate Bell Helicopter Ils

Ft. Worth—Helicopter instrument landing system designed by Bell Helicopter Corp. for use in remote areas will be evaluated by the U. S. Army as a means of giving its helicopters instrument flight capability in all visibility conditions.

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Space Technology

Soviet Moon Success Follows Failures

First successful launching to vicinity of moon attained after 11 or 12 earlier Russian failures.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Proteus 705 Overhaul Life Extended

London—Overhaul life of Bristol-Aero Engines’ Proteus 705 turboprop engine has been extended to 2,000 hr. life by the Air Registration Board, after 22 months of service on Bristol Britannia transports. Reliability of the 3,900 eshp. engine is reported in a company analysis of 172 unscheduled engine changes, which put average flying hours per unscheduled engine change at 3,000 hr. and the feathering rate at one engine per 4,850 hr. of service.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Industry May Accept Fourth Crewman

Eastern shutdown ends with assent on third pilot plus engineer; American settlement seems ‘remote.’

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AIR TRANSPORT

Airline Mutual Aid Proposal Goes to Cab

Washington—Member airlines of the controversial mutual aid pact and opposing unions last week filed final briefs with the Civil Aeronautics Board prior to oral arguments this week before the full five-member Board. The Board is expected to settle the legality of payments of excess revenues realized bv non-striking airlines to strikebound members of the agreement.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Designers Study Air Cushion Principles for Vehicles

Washington—Large machines capable of traveling on a cushion of air over land and water without the use of wheels, tracks, hulls or hydrofoils are in the preliminary design and basic research stage by several U. S. military groups and industrial companies.

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AVIONICS

X-15 Flight System Shows All Attitudes

Great Neck, N. Y.—First all-attitude inertial flight data/instrument system, which will guide the North American X-15 pilot during his fringe-of-space probes, has been delivered by Sperry Gyroscope Co. The X-15 system is a forerunner of the inertial type instrumentation that will be required for space probes at altitudes where pressure-type instruments cannot be used to indicate vehicle altitude and speed, and where high-G maneuvers make conventional gyroscopic attitude indicators inadequate.

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EDITORIAL

Putting Man Into Space

... It was announced on Dec. 17 by Dr. T. Keith Glennan, administrator of NASA, that the national program includes a manned satellite project called Project Mercury. Its objective is to begin the manned exploration of nearby space with special reference to the technology needed for the safe performance of such a mission and the reactions of man in the space environment.
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Space Technology

House Group Says U.s. Needs Five Years to Overtake Soviets

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