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February 15, 1960

SAFETY

Bea Viscount Flew Into Prohibited Area

MANAGEMENT

Dulles Outlines Cia’s Intelligence Role

SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Jpl Studies Future Solar Power Units

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SAFETY

Bea Viscount Flew Into Prohibited Area

(Following is a report to the British Ministry of Transport from the Italian Ministry of Defense on an inquiry into a midair collision between British European Airways Viscount 701 G-ANHC and an Italian air force North American F-86E jet fighter, Oct. 22, 1958. The report has been translated from Italian.)
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MANAGEMENT

Dulles Outlines Cia’s Intelligence Role

(Allen W. Dulles, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, recently detailed CIA's role in gathering and assessing information on Soviet military strength and just how, and when, estimates of its potential can be made. Because of the role such estimates play in U. S. military decisions and the current debate over their functions in determining Defense Department budget levels, AVIATION WEEK is reprinting significant extracts from Mr. Dulles’ speech made at a meeting of the Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences in New York.)
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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Jpl Studies Future Solar Power Units

Pasadena, Calif.—Advanced techniques for electrical power demands of lunar and deep space probes are being developed and evaluated at National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory here. Power supply development, judged one of the knottiest space technology problems, is being pushed at JPL to meet three general future periods:

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

First Design Details of Vertol Yhc-1b

Morton, Pa.—First design details of Vertol’s tandem rotor, turbine-powered YHC-1B Chinook, an Army battlefield mobility vehicle now in mockup form, point to a medium transport helicopter with a normal gross weight mission of two tons internal payload and a maximum alternate gross weight mission of close to eight tons external payload.

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AVIONICS

Anti-collision System Appears Promising

Washington—Prospects for an airborne collision avoidance system which is economically and operationally feasible appear brighter today than at any time in the last several years, based on recent flight tests of a Bendix Radio development.

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MANAGEMENT

Defense Leaders Dispute Weapon Roles

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Mercury Pilot’s Orbital Role Described

San Antonio, Tex.—Important role the Project Mercury astronauts will play in successful orbital missions, despite the high degree of automation being built into these vehicles, was described at USAF’s Aerospace Medical Center, Brooks AFB, during a space medicine lecture by Lt. Col. William K. Douglas, the astronauts’ flight surgeon.
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AIR TRANSPORT

Douglas Will Sell and Service Caravelles

New York—Douglas Aircraft Co. has cast its lot with the twin-jet Sud Caravelle as a short-haul commercial transport contender, ending any prospects for production of the Douglas DC-9. Sales prospects of the French jet climbed sharply last week as Douglas and Sud Aviation reached an agreement covering U.S. sales and service and possible production of the airplane (AW Jan. 11, p. 42).
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BUSINESS FLYING

U.s. Glider Team to Compete at Cologne

Los Angeles, Calif.—Fund-raising campaign is under way to send a team of top U. S. sailplane pilots to the 1960 World Gliding Championships at Cologne, Germany, this June, according to Lloyd Licher, executive secretary of the Soaring Society of America.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Bea Chairman Forecasts ‘mass Market’

New York—British European Airways traffic, boosted by a boom in United Kingdom and European travel, was up 20% in 1959 and is expected to rise another 20% this year, according to BEA Chairman Lord Douglas of Kirtle-side. Lord Douglas told AVIATION WEEK here that the era of mass air travel in Europe “is really coming about” and will be stimulated by new, lower fares scheduled to go into effect this summer.

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