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August 24, 1959

SAFETY

Pilot Inattention Cited in Dc-6b Crash

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

C-133a Overcoming Operating Problems

SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Space Spurs Missile Center’s Growth

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SAFETY

Pilot Inattention Cited in Dc-6b Crash

At approximately 03291 on Aug. 28, 1958, Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 537, a DC-6B, N 575, crashed on takeoff from Wold-Chamberlain Field, Minneapolis, Minn. A number of the 62 persons (including two infants) aboard suffered serious injuries but there were no fatalities.
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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

C-133a Overcoming Operating Problems

Dover AFB, Del.—Military Air Transport Service’s Douglas C-133 A Cargomaster logistics carrier is fast approaching a scheduled operating basis despite growing pains” tied to en route support and spares, modifications, and problems with engine and propeller components.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Space Spurs Missile Center’s Growth

Cape Canaveral, Fla.—Nine years after a rocket engine first split the quiet of this palmetto-covered sandspit, the Air Force Missile Test Center is preparing for space systems that will put permanent stations into orbit around the earth and send men to establish bases on the moon.

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HUMAN FACTORS

Scientists Study Spacecraft Shielding

Los Angeles—Materials in the closedloop ecological system of a nuclearpowered spacecraft can save much weight by doubling as a shield against direct nuclear radiation from the powerplant, Robert F. Trapp and Eugene D. Konecci of Douglas Aircraft told a technical meeting of the American Astronautical Society western regional meeting here.

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AVIONICS

Welded Modules Reduce Component Size

Washington—Construction technique which slashes the size of avionics equipment by 75% or more and reduces its weight by nearly as much, yet which uses existing conventional components, is arousing industry interest. The technique, sometimes referred to as “weld-pack,” also promises greater resistance to shock and vibration and improved reliability.

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Who's Where

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BUSINESS FLYING

Air Fleet Saves Time, Builds Prestige

Glendale, Calif.—A five-plane business plane fleet is used by electrical cable manufacturer Pacific Automation Products, Inc., to keep pace with missile builders and missile range operators who frequently require custom-made material and often key their orders to quick delivery schedules.
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BUSINESS FLYING

Swissair-photo Expands Activities to Enter Government Map Work

Zurich, Switzerland—Sharp increase in need for aerial photography is leading to expansion in Swissair-Photo A.G.’s activities to permit it to share in the government’s aerial survey work. Work will entail surveys of military projects, highway mapping, hydroelectric and other development schemes for the government and private companies.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Commuter Ticket Trend Gains Impetus

Ticketing system begun by three major airlines may be followed by other carriers to meet competition.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Navy May Hold Key to Controlled Fusion

Washington—Strong probability that a controlled thermonuclear reaction using deuterium has been achieved with small-scale laboratory equipment at the Naval Research Laboratory was outlined by the Navy last week. Results of recent experiments, analyzed in the framework of known theory, show that the reaction which occurs in the sun and stars and in a hydrogen bomb probably has been controlled on earth for the first time.

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