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October 26, 1959

MISSILE ENGINEERING

Vandenberg Trains Usaf Missile Crews

AIR TRANSPORT

Experience Breeds 707 Training Changes

MANAGEMENT

Johnson Retires, Outlines Arpa Future

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MISSILE ENGINEERING

Vandenberg Trains Usaf Missile Crews

Vandenberg AFB—Operational training for U.S. Air Force and Royal Air Force missile crews is being conducted on a round-the-clock basis with live firings of Atlas and Thor ballistic weapons from this West Coast Strategic Air Command base.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Experience Breeds 707 Training Changes

New York—American Airlines, nearing the home stretch in its Boeing 707-120 transition program, has constantly modified its jet training techniques as more is learned about the airplane. The airline recently graduated its 110th captain from jet training, expects the total to reach about 130 early next year when the bulk of the 707-120 program will be completed.

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MANAGEMENT

Johnson Retires, Outlines Arpa Future

Washington—Roy W. Johnson will leave his job as head of the Advanced Research Projects Agency before the end of the vear but expects ARPA to continue to exist in the pattern established under his direction. Leaving ARPA after 21 critical and controversial months in charge of the military space effort and advanced research, Johnson told AVIATION WEEK that his departure conforms with plans he laid down when he took the job.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Kaman Goes to Single Rotor for Hu2k-1

Bloomfield, Conn.—Single-rotor design of the turbine-powered HU2K-1, chosen for high speed and long range, marks a major break in Kaman Aircraft Corp.’s long-standing intermeshing rotor design tradition. Navy Bureau of Aeronautics had already committed $27 million to the HU2K-1 program before the first aircraft flew here late in June (AW July 6, p. 27).

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AVIONICS

Speech Compression May Free Channels

Bedford AFB—Military need for increased communications capability has resulted in growing interest in a technique for increasing the number of available voice channels over both radio and wire circuits. Called speech compression, the technique has application also to commercial voice circuits.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Down-firing Rockets Probe Re-entry

Langley Field, Va.—Unique method of making bodies re-enter the earth’s atmosphere at velocities up to the meteoric speed range—24,000 to 160,000 mph.—has been developed by National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The technique is now being used primarily to study the physics of re-entry in connection with ballistic missile warhead detection problems, but it can be extended to study re-entry of space ships from interplanetary flights at velocities well above missile re-entry speeds and for basic research on the interactions of the atmosphere with natural bodies such as meteors.

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BUSINESS FLYING

Beech 65 Market Forecast at $150 Million

Wichita, Kan.—Six-place Beech 65 Queen Air represents culmination of a design exercise utilizing major components of the company’s smaller Model G-50 Twin-Bonanza to create a new class of business airplane with greatly improved capacity and negligible differences in performance using the identical powerplants.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Nasa Gains Army Missile Team, Saturn

ABMA research group, booster project transferred from military; Gen. Medaris, Johnson to retire.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Test Pilots Stress Man’s Space Role

Los Angeles—Federal Aviation Administrator E. R. Quesada told the Society of Experimental Test Pilots that “one reason for the high failure rate in our missile and space probes to date is the fact that we have not been able to put a pilot in them to nurse them along, and to compensate for their electromechanical idiosyncracies.”
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MANAGEMENT

Shakeup Looms for British Air Industry

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