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March 2, 1959

SAFETY

Panam Crash Cause Remains ‘unknown’

MANAGEMENT

Canada Seeks U.s. Defense Contracts

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Cj805-3 Has Rapid Acceleration Rate

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SAFETY

Panam Crash Cause Remains ‘unknown’

Pan American Flight 7, a Boeing 377, N 90944, was lost in the Pacific Ocean approximately midway between San Francisco, Calif., and Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, on Nov. 9, 1957, at 1627 local time. An extensive sea and air search over thousands of square miles of ocean ensued.
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MANAGEMENT

Canada Seeks U.s. Defense Contracts

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Cj805-3 Has Rapid Acceleration Rate

Edwards AFB—General Electric CJ805-3 turbojet engines, which power the Convair 880 jet transport, effectively demonstrated their qualities in AVIATION WEEK flight evaluation here, installed in the Douglas RB-66A which they recently propelled from Ontario, Calif., to Washington, D. C., in 3 hr. 36 min. (AW Jan. 26, p. 47).

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MISSILE ENGINEERING

Lack of Engineering Data Delays Nuclear Ramjet

Washington—A nuclear ramjet can be built with today’s knowledge and technology. “It is just a matter of do you want it or not,” according to Dr. Theodore Merkle of the Atomic Energy Commission’s Livermore Laboratory who has technical direction of Project Pluto, the U. S. nuclear ramjet program.

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MANAGEMENT

Navy Revises Security Plan to Cut Costs

Washington—Fundamentally new security classification policy has been established by the Navy Bureau of Aeronautics in an effort to strip away red tape that has hamstrung both BuAer and its contractors and added unnecessary cost to defense procurement.

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AIR TRANSPORT

F-27s Boost West Coast Revenue Miles

In first three months’ operation turboprop aircraft increase revenue miles flown; draw new customers.

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HUMAN FACTORS

Human Aspect Specialists Aid Designers

Los Angeles—Shrinking role of the human operator in man-machine defense systems now raises new and subtle problems of human engineering, hastening the growth of consultant firms capable of providing industry with specialized support in that field.
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AVIONICS

U.s. Planning Nationwide Weather Radar Network

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SAFETY

Letters

Re the Dec. 8 article, “Spacecraft Structural Factors Studied” (p. 55), some comments are in order. It is stated that the growth factor “. . . is about 44,000” for the fourth stage of an earth-Mars orbit vehicle. Assuming this is true (and every “spaceman” wants a high factor so cost can be said not to be a design consideration), then the two following statements are in conflict.
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Space Technology

Nasa Asks $49 Million Supplemental

Washington—National Aeronautics and Space Administration is requesting $48,354,000 in supplemental funds for Fiscal 1959—a figure more than $3 million above the amount Congress slashed from the 1959 budget last summer. Supplemental estimates presented to the subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Aeronautical and Space Sciences include:

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