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May 11, 1959

SAFETY

Steep-turn Stall Causes Viscount Crash

SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Atlas to Play Major Space Booster Role

MISSILE ENGINEERING

Bomarc to Be Combat-ready at Year End

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SAFETY

Steep-turn Stall Causes Viscount Crash

At 2319, April 6, 1958, a Capital Airlines Viscount, N 7437, crashed and burned near Tri-City Airport, Freeland, Mich. All 44 passengers and the three crew members were killed. Capital Airlines Flight 67, a regularly scheduled flight between New York, N. Y., and Chicago, Ill., was making final approach at Freeland by visual reference to the ground when the accident occurred.
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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Atlas to Play Major Space Booster Role

San Diego—Convair Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile—designed on concepts considered radical 13 years ago— is nearing operational status and will continue to play a major space booster role for some time to come. These new missile design philosophies introduced by Atlas include:

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MISSILE ENGINEERING

Bomarc to Be Combat-ready at Year End

Los Angeles—USAF’s Boeing IM-99A Bomarc interceptor missile will be "on-site” in September and a combat-ready weapon later in the fall. By late 1960, its successor, IM-99B, with doubled range, better performance, much improved guidance and a much longer maintenance cycle, will begin to supersede it.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Military Application of Argus Doubted

Washington—Doubt has been raised as to the military usefulness of effects created by high altitude nuclear blasts such as the three Project Argus explosions over the South Atlantic Ocean last summer. Details of the Argus effects were presented to scientists here last week at the 96th annual meeting of the National Academy of Sciences.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

How Soviets May Land Man on Moon

Shortly after the Russians launched their cosmic rocket on Jan. 2, they announced their intention to put a man on the moon and bring him safely back this year. How can they accomplish this, and what are the chances of success? It appears that most of the major technological advances necessary for a manned lunar expedition have already been made.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Sweden Operates Air Base Near Arctic

Lulea, Sweden—Eight months a year, 24 hours a day, the Royal Swedish Air Force fights the winter weather at this base 60 mi. south of the Arctic circle. From October to May, snowplows and snowblowers are on the go around the clock, keeping runways and taxiways cleared, plowing out and smoothing belly-landing strips, opening roads and apron areas.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Airlines List Officers’ Salaries, Bonuses

Washington—Following is a list of airline officers' salaries, bonuses and indirect compensations, expenses and stock holdings for the year ending Dec. 31, 1958, as reported to the Civil Aeronautics Board. Eastern Air Lines, Inc.—E. V. Rickenbacker, chairman of the board of directors, general manager and director, $47,396 salary; $1,000 bonus and indirect compensation and 44,307 shares of common stock; T. F. Armstrong, president and director, $34,089 salary, $1,000 bonus and indirect compensation, 10,620 shares of direct common stock and 1,061 common shares in name of others; S. L. Shannon, senior vice president and director, $29,219 salary, $1,000 bonus and indirect compensation and 5,636 shares of common stock; T. E. Creighton, treasurer and director, $17,045 salary, $1,000 bonus and indirect compensation and 5,370 shares of common stock; L. P. Arnold, vice president, $21,915 salary and 4,883 shares of common stock.
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AIR TRANSPORT

Cab Opens Southern Long-haul Hearings

Houston—Latest round in the long and bitter battle over trunk airline routes in the southern tier of states opened here last week when the Civil Aeronautics Board launched its hearings in the Southern Transcontinental Service Case. Airlines and communities asking for new service across the southern tier crowded a spacious hearing room here as the CAB opened hearings in the most important route case now in the mill.

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Letters

Better Understanding Your editorial of Feb. 16, “Rewards and Responsibility,” discusses most seriously airline management-pilot relationships and the responsibilities of both to the public. That you emphasize the latter is not only eminently correct but characteristic of the public spirited attitude you have always shown.
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AVIONICS

Checkout Device Tests Ecm Capability

New York—Recent investigations indicate that many military radars are vulnerable to enemy electronic counter-measures (ECM) because of inadequate design, installation and/or maintenance, Richard W. Hanford told the Institute of Radio Engineers convention.

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