August 8, 1960


Industry Probes Nuclear Pulse Radiation


Rocketdyne Tests New Solid Propellants


Aerospace Officers List Salaries, Stocks


Industry Probes Nuclear Pulse Radiation

New York—Pulse nuclear radiation which could temporarily disable avionics controls in a weapon system and thus jeopardize the success of the weapon’s mission is becoming the subject of serious military and industry concern. The extremely brief, but very high intensity pulses of radiation that occur immediately following a nuclear explosion can produce disrupting transients or erratic operation of avionic equipment at distances from the detonation point that were once considered to be safe for equipment.


Rocketdyne Tests New Solid Propellants

McGregor, Tex.—Major gains in propellant mechanical properties have been achieved here by North American’s Rocketdyne Division in a new family of castable rocket motor formulations which broaden the environmental capability of solid propulsion systems without sacrificing critical performance.


Aerospace Officers List Salaries, Stocks

Washington—Following is a list of aerospace industry officers’ and directors’ salaries and stock holdings for 1959 as reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission: Cessna Aircraft Co.—D. L. Wallace, president and director, $85,500 salary, 54,759 shares of common stock and 22,936 shares of common stock beneficially owned by Wallace’s family; F. A. Boettgerm, vice president, treasurer and director, $60,840 salary and 8,875 shares of common stock; D. R. Roskam, vice president-Aircraft Division and director, $59,280 salary and 9,039 shares of common stock; T. B. Salter, vice president-engineering and director, $43,680 salary and 5,685 shares of common stock; W. F. Cassedy, Jr., president-Aircraft Radio Corp. (a subsidiary) and director, $31,200 salary and 4,368 shares of common stock; S. Coleman, director, no salary and 1,040 shares of common stock; R. Russell, director, no salary and 1,128 shares of common stock.

Lift-fan Engine Shows Vtol Potential

Washington—Highly successful fullscale wind tunnel tests of an Army-General Electric lift-fan engine installed in a generalized aircraft configuration have established the general feasibility of this engine concept and demonstrated its potential for VTOL aircraft.


Military Sees Firm Need for Aircraft

San Diego, Calif.—Manned aircraft have a firm place in advanced planning requirements of U. S. Air Force, Navy and Army, but increasingly steep costs threaten to reduce quantities and cut types from the broad spectrum of vehicles the three services are projecting.


Sabena Faces Route Crisis After Airlift

Brussels—Sabena Belgian World Airlines may face a severe crisis for the future above and beyond the substantial revenue loss stemming from its emergency Congo refugee airlift that drained away aircraft from its most lucrative markets.


B-70 Will Create Enemy Defense Problems

Washington—High performance and flexibility of the North American B-70 will give the strategic bomber force a substantial increase in penetration capability, and this margin will create serious new problems for enemy air defenses. Planned Mach 3 speed and 80,000 ft. penetration altitude of the B-70 could make all defense weapons in any enemy inventory obsolete and force an enemy to invest heavily in new weapons and control systems, according to an analysis of the B-70 by the Senate Preparedness Investigating Subcommittee.


Long-forecast Merger Trend Crystallizes

United-Capital plan viewed as beginning of series; regrouping of competitive routes termed inevitable.


Hotel Draws Business with Own Air Fleet

Dorado, Puerto Rico—A 3,446-ft. paved runway and a fleet of three twinengine aircraft are proving useful competitive devices for the Dorado Beach Hotel, separated by 20 mi. of tropical forest from San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital city.


Usaf Shows Orbital Bomber Cockpit

Grand Rapids, Mich.—Cockpit control and display system mockup for a four-man orbital bomber, designed to remain in a 300 mi. high orbit for up to 30 days, is being demonstrated here to representatives of the aerospace industry and will be shown to Dyna-Soar project personnel early in September.

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