January 11, 1960

SAFETY

Dc-3 Continued Into Known Icing Hazard

MISSILE ENGINEERING

Martin Proposes Improved Titan System

AVIONICS

Pressure Transducer Has No Moving Part

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SAFETY

Dc-3 Continued Into Known Icing Hazard

A General Airways DC-3 crashed shortly before midnight near Kerrville, Tex., on Feb. 1, 1959, during a civil air movement (CAM) of 25 military personnel from Boise, Idaho, to Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Tex. Three of the 28 occupants, including the captain and the reserve captain, then acting as copilot, were killed, four were seriously injured, and 21 received minor injuries.
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MISSILE ENGINEERING

Martin Proposes Improved Titan System

Denver—Martin Co. has proposed a four-part improvement program for the SM-68 Titan intercontinental ballistic missile including an in-silo launching concept. The parts include: Base simplification, biggest part of which is the in-silo launching proposal, similar to the concept used in the Minuteman weapon system.

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AVIONICS

Pressure Transducer Has No Moving Part

Somerville, Mass. — Pressure transducer that has no bellows or other moving parts has been developed by International Dynamics Corp., one of the many small research groups that have sprung up around metropolitan Boston. A small, low cost and flexible device, it is expected to find applications in a variety of aircraft and missile projects, ranging from scale factor determination in solid propellant rocket engines to crash investigations of commercial aircraft.

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Space Technology

Saturn Stages Redesigned for Hydrogen; Contractor Battle Looms

Change may give vehicle manned lunar capability; decision will spark stiff industry competition.

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AVIONICS

High Acuity Photo Reconnaissance Studied

Syosset, N. Y.—A high acuity photographic reconnaissance system, capable of detecting objects two feet in size from altitudes of 100,000 ft. and at speeds in excess of Mach 2, is being readied here for delivery to the Air Force in April. Engineers at Fairchild Camera & Instrument Corp. are assembling and checking out the system which is an attempt to advance state-of-the-art techniques of high acuity reconnaissance systems—those with sharp definition and high resolution.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Early-warning Wf-2 Joins Squadrons

Bethpage, N. Y.—First Grumman WF-2 Tracer airborne early warning aircraft are being introduced into Navy-fleet squadrons. The aircraft, designed to provide improved radar protection for Navy task forces, will replace Douglas AD-5Ws flown by VAW Squadron 12 in the Atlantic Fleet and VAW Squadron 11 in the Pacific.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Eximbank May Finance Used Aircraft

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AIR TRANSPORT

Atlantic Carriers to Renew Fare Debate

New meeting scheduled in last-ditch effort to avert threat of open-rate battle on U. S.-Europe routes.

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Space Technology

Explorer Vii Reports Sporadic Radiation

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AVIONICS

Faa Says Decca Fails to Meet Needs

Washington—Federal Aviation Agency last week released a preliminary statement that its flight evaluation of the Decca Mark 10 navigation system indicates the system falls short of the agency’s requirements for an IFR navigation aid for fixed-wing aircraft.
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