June 20, 1960

MANAGEMENT

Diversifying Industry to Stress Hard Sell

SPECIAL REPORT ON STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND

Sac Shapes Missile Force for Survival, Fast Reaction

Maintenance Procedures Cited in 707 Landing Gear Accident

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MANAGEMENT

Diversifying Industry to Stress Hard Sell

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SPECIAL REPORT ON STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND

Sac Shapes Missile Force for Survival, Fast Reaction

Intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) are the fulcrum of Strategic Air Command’s major transition into an expanding technical spectrum of weapons. As SAC moves into its initial and relatively small operational ICBM capability during 1960, it is also heading down the road toward a major transition within the ICBM field.
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Maintenance Procedures Cited in 707 Landing Gear Accident

At 0029 EST, on July 12, 1959, Pan American World Airways Flight 102 made a successful emergency landing at New York International Airport after losing two of the four wheels of the left main gear. The airplane, a Boeing 707, N 707PA, received major damage to the left main landing gear.
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Tory Ii-a Engineering Test Reactor Aids Project Pluto

Los Angeles—Demonstration of the progress being made toward nuclear ramjet flight will be given by runs scheduled for November with Tory II-A, engineering test reactor which is part of USAF’s nuclear ramjet program, Project Pluto. Tory II-A is not flight-type hardware, but its design requirements, coupled with the conditions under which it will be tested, are keyed closely to actual flight conditions.
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Arpa Spurs Space Power Investigation

Pasadena, Calif.—Aerospace industry investment in design and development of secondary power systems for space vehicles has jumped from millions to hundreds of millions of dollars in the last two years. To give guidance to the industry, Advanced Research Projects Agency is issuing a 2,000-page handbook dealing with techniques for generating from 10 watts to 20 megawatts at constant load for space vehicle applications.
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SPECIAL REPORT ON STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND

Sac Molds Tactics for Bomber-missile Mix

Strategic Air Command’s bomber force is in transition from the conventional subsonic jet vehicles to a more technically advanced and versatile strike force that can attack at supersonic speed and vary its tactics with air-launched missiles, electronic countermeasures and increased ranges.
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SPECIAL REPORT ON STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND

B-52 Force Functions as Sac “Big Stick”

Constant refinement in equipment and tactical doctrines are key factors in maintaining the useful life and deterrent capablity of Strategic Air Command’s “big stick” fleet of Boeing B-52 heavy and B-47 medium jet bombers. Faced with severe limitations in funding desired programs, positive and ingenious approaches have been made by the SAC-industry team to increase the capabilities of the force in being deter Soviet war planners.
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SPECIAL REPORT ON STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND

Tankers Give Sac World-wide Capability

Tankers provide the flying pipeline which makes Strategic Air Command’s bomber force a truly intercontinental power. They are also the key to the airborne alert capability SAC plans to use as its basic deterrent during the critical years of transition to a significant ballistic missile capability.
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Sac Manpower Policies Stress Quality

Transition of Strategic Air Command from a conventional manned bomber force to a mixed force of manned and unmanned weapon systems is predicated upon an adequate and stable supply of professionally qualified manpower to operate, maintain and support these systems.
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Sac Reacts to New Technology, Threat

Strategic Air Command is beginning a decade of transition aimed at molding its deterrent capability to meet the challenge of a rapidly expanding technology and a shifting international equation. For the first 15 years of its existence, SAC was built around a single weapon— the long range bomber carrying nuclear bombs.
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