February 29, 1960

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Faa Tests Allison-powered Convair 340

SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Space Lag Blamed on Conservative Effort

MANAGEMENT

Missiles Dominate Construction Budget

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Faa Tests Allison-powered Convair 340

Santa Monica, Calif.—Performance capabilities of the Allison turboproppowered Convairliner are being demonstrated here in the final series of Federal Aviation Agency certification tests being conducted by PacAero Engineering Corp.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Space Lag Blamed on Conservative Effort

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MANAGEMENT

Missiles Dominate Construction Budget

Washington—More than half the $676 million in new construction projects requested by Air Force for Fiscal 1961 will go into the building of operational missile site facilities. USAF Secretary Dudley C. Sharp told the House Armed Services Committee that $342 million is being requested for missile facilities, of which $281 million is scheduled for the dispersal and hardening of Atlas, Titan and Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile sites.
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AIR TRANSPORT

National Product Keys Passenger Growth

Prospects for 14% traffic growth appear strong; trunkline passenger miles may reach 32 billion.

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AVIONICS

Radio Sextant Developed for Submarines

Norwood, Mass.—An electronic sextant capable of correcting inertial navigation systems of Polaris missile submarines is nearing completion here in the laboratories of American Standard, Military Products Division. Essentially a radio telescope designed for underseas operation, the sextant will lock-in on X-band radio emission from the moon, the sun or ultimately other stars besides the sun and will provide corrections for errors due to gyro drift in the ship’s inertial system. The combination—ship’s inertial navigation system and the electronic sextant —will provide Polaris submarines with an accurate, all-weather navigational capability.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

House Approves Project Mercury Funds

Washington—House approved a $23 million supplemental appropriation last week which National Aeronautics and Space Administration had requested to keep its Project Mercury schedule from slipping. The full supplemental request was passed without change, but the House followed its appropriations committee recommendations on another NASA request and cut a proposal for new personnel from 250 to 175 positions.

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MISSILE ENGINEERING

Usaf Refines Support for Raf’s Thors

USAF-Douglas Thor intermediate range ballistic missile are now operationally deployed at sites in Britain, and Air Materiel Command’s San Bernardino Air Materiel Area (SBAMA) has assumed prime depot function for the weapon system.
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AIR TRANSPORT

Twa May Spark 707, Dc-8 Jet Race

New York—Trans World Airlines probably will touch off a new coast-tocoast speed race on Mar. 1 when it introduces the Boeing 707-331 intercontinental jet transport on its New YorK Los Angeles route and advertises a 15 to 20 min. time-saving over rival carriers’ service.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Slick Supports Aircraft Loan Bill Against Major Airline Opposition

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AIR TRANSPORT

Patterson Foresees Trunkline Mergers

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