April 4, 1960

MANAGEMENT

Grand Central Aims at Bigger Space Role

AIR TRANSPORT

Jet Problems Key to 1960 Labor Talks

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Dc-8 Handles Well Through All Regimes

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MANAGEMENT

Grand Central Aims at Bigger Space Role

Redlands, Calif.—Lockheed Aircraft Corp.’s purchase of a half interest in Grand Central Rocket Co. will give Grand Central strong new financial backing for its effort to find technological advances to improve its competitive position.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Jet Problems Key to 1960 Labor Talks

Turbine transport activity sparks union concern as airlines face new round of contract negotiations.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Dc-8 Handles Well Through All Regimes

Long Beach, Calif.—High degree of stability and controllability of the Douglas DC-8 jet transport when maneuvering along the outer edges of its performance envelope was demonstrated during a flight evaluation by this AVIATION WEEK pilot.

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MISSILE ENGINEERING

Missile Support Becomes Prime Cost Item

Detroit, Mich.—Cost of missile support appears to be going up but the increase is mostly a matter of paper work and definition rather than of actual higher price tags on support equipment, Peter B. Weiser of Space Technology Laboratories told the American Rocket Society ground support equipment conference here.

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BUSINESS FLYING

Glacier Landing Technique Developed

Sion, Switzerland—Demand for yearround airlifts for tourists and skiers in Switzerland is on the increase, according to an Alpine pilot who, with his rescue team, has saved more than 220 lives since 1958. The pilot is Hermann Geiger, one of two Swiss nationals who have pioneered the glacier landing technique.

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MANAGEMENT

Usaf Plans Shift in Air Defense Pattern

Washington—Air Force is proposing a sharp cutback in the Boeing Bomarc-B and SAGE super-combat center programs in order to provide almost $400 million for increased procurement of Atlas intercontinental ballistic missiles and to expedite operational dates of the Minuteman missile, Midas and Samos satellites and the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System.

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AVIONICS

Doppler, Loop Tested for Runway Control

Atlantic City, N. J.—Tests of an experimental program for controlling traffic on airport runways and taxi strips are slated to get under way here this month. The program, known as Taxiing and Routing of Aircraft Coordination Equipment (TRACE), is a research and development effort conducted by the Federal Aviation Agency’s Bureau of Research and Development (AW Jan. 5, 1959, p. 28).

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AIR TRANSPORT

'big Slam’ Tests Mats Airlift Concepts

San Juan, Puerto Rico—Exercise Big Slam/Puerto Pine moved more than 21,000 Army troops and 11,000 tons of their equipment to Puerto Rico on schedule but did not in some key respects realistically test the wartime airlift capability of Military Air Transport Service.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Pirna 014 Aims at Low Fuel Consumption

Leipzig, East Germany—Unusually low specific fuel consumption is claimed for the Pirna 014 A-l single-spool turbojet now in production in East Germany (AW Mar. 21, p. 76). Brochure figure for the East German engine is 0.87/lb./hr., a value directly comparable with some of the best contemporary engines in the United States and Great Britain.

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Space Technology

Nasa Expands Wallops for Space Role

Wallops Island, Va.—National Aeronautics and Space Administration is rapidly expanding Wallops Station beyond its traditional high-speed flight research function to serve as a space vehicle test and launch facility. Wallops Station is in the midst of a $16 million expansion program that will bring the total investment here to $24 million when the work is complete.

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