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May 25, 1959

SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Stl Probes Missile Defense Techniques

MISSILE ENGINEERING

Atlas’ Flexibility Permits Varied Bases

MISSILE ENGINEERING

How Martin Static-tests Titan Icbm

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Stl Probes Missile Defense Techniques

Inglewood, Calif.—Services that Space Technology Laboratories, Inc., performs for USAF’s Ballistic Missiles Division include a variety of special programs in ballistic missiles and related techniques, and in the space field. This special work, ranging from small specific projects that have just begun to others that might grow into extensive programs, is handled by STL’s Special Programs office under William Hebenstreit.

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MISSILE ENGINEERING

Atlas’ Flexibility Permits Varied Bases

San Diego—Atlas ICBM weapon system ground support equipment was designed by Convair’s Astronautics Division concurrently with the missile to emerge at the right time from the development pipeline, meeting required standards for compatibility, maintainability and reliability.
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MISSILE ENGINEERING

How Martin Static-tests Titan Icbm

Los Angeles—Details on the static test program of WS-107A-2, USAF Titan ICBM, as outlined by Air Force Ballistic Missiles Division here, include a comprehensive outline of the over-all test philosophy behind the Martindesigned two-stage missile.

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MANAGEMENT

Services Warn of Procurement Deficits

Washington—Military witnesses of all three services have told the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee that the presently-planned limited procurement of aircraft and missiles raises serious doubts as to the future U. S. defense posture.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Ch-1c Shows Stability Characteristics

Washington—Cessna Aircraft’s new, all-metal, four-place CH-1C helicopter, a much-modified derivative of the military YH-41, showed excellent longitudinal, lateral and directional stability characteristics—including a brief span of hands-off flight—during a flight evaluation by AVIATION WEEK.

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BUSINESS FLYING

Fan-wing Vanguard 2c Nears Completion

Paoli, Pa.—First full-scale fan-wing configuration vertical takeoff aircraft is nearing completion near here under the direction of two former Piasecki engineers who are scheduling the start of a tunnel test program at National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Ames Laboratory in July and flight tests in August or September.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Executive Salaries Detailed By Carriers

Washington—Following is a list of airline officers’ and directors’ salaries, bonuses and indirect compensation, expenses and stock holdings for the vear ending Dec. 31 as reported to the Civil Aeronautics Board: Trans World Airlines, Inc.— W. L. Pierson, chairman of the board of directors and director, $62,466.82 salary and 200 shares of common stock ;
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MISSILE ENGINEERING

Services Seek Versatile Missile Targets

Washington—Joint Navy-Air Force award to Beech Aircraft Corp. for the development of a new high-speed missile target, the XKD2B-1 (AW May 18, p. 39), leaves the Army’s high-low vehicle as the one major target drone competition still undecided for the current fiscal year, now rapidly drawing to a close.

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AVIONICS

Micromodules Resist Heat and Radiation

Philadelphia—Ceramic components that can be stacked in micromodules and that operate in the temperature range between 500 and 600C are being readied for pilot production by the Receiving Tube Department of General Electric. Designated TIMM, for “thermionic integrated micromodules,” the devices have the additional advantage of being highly resistant to the damaging effects of nuclear radiation.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Supersonic Airliner Flight Plan Outlined

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