August 15, 1960

AVIONICS

Usaf Expands Energy Conversion Effort

AIR TRANSPORT

Congo Airlift Provides Tough Support Test for Usaf

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Performance, Response Improved on 720

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AVIONICS

Usaf Expands Energy Conversion Effort

Washington—Air Force is expanding its efforts in energy conversion technology, already the most far-ranging program of basic and applied research ever attempted in this field, to meet the electric power needs of military space vehicles and ultimately of lunar bases.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Congo Airlift Provides Tough Support Test for Usaf

Evreux, France—Urgent United Nations call for immediate and sustained U. S. Air Force support of its mission to restore calm within the Congo Republic presented a severe test of USAF’s emergency airlift capabilities as well as its flexibility in coping with the unknown.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Performance, Response Improved on 720

Seattle, Wash.—Improved handling qualities plus increases in performance over earlier 707s, resulting from extensive weight reduction and higherthrust engines, make the recently certificated Boeing 720 highly adaptable to its medium-range transport role.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Competition Cuts U.s. Share of Traffic

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FINANCIAL

Aerospace Officers List Salaries, Stocks

Washington—Following is a list of aerospace officers’ and directors’ salaries and stock holdings for 1959, as reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission: Piasecki Aircraft Corp.—No officers or directors received more than $30,000 for the year 1959.
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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Drag Devices Studied for Recovery Units

Dayton, Ohio—Inflatable toboggans, magnetized umbrellas and wire mesh parachutes are some drag devices now under consideration for possible use in future Air Force high speed, high altitude recovery systems for drones, boosters, re-entry vehicles and ejection capsules.

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SAFETY

‘inexperienced’ Dove Pilot Lost Control in Engine Restart Attempt

(Following is a report to Minister of Aviation Duncan Sandys by J. W. Duggan, chief inspector of accidents, on an investigation of the crash of the de Havilland Dove 104 G-ALEC at 1:39 p.m. May 6, 1959, near Cardiff, Wales. The pilot, R. P. Chambers, and three passengers were killed.
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EQUIPMENT

Variable Camber Prop Studied for Vtol

Windson Locks, Conn.—Variable camber propeller, capable of changing effective blade camber in flight to provide most desirable lift/drag in takeoff and cruise flight regimes, will be developed for the U. S. Navy. The propeller, designed by Hamilton-Standard Division of United Aircraft Corp., will be developed with a Marine Corps VTOL project in mind.

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What's New

Small Gas Turbines—Arthur W. Judge— Macmillan Co., 60 Fifth Avenue, N. Y. $10.00; 328 pp. Emphasis is placed on the medium output engines, but also covers models of 30 to 40 bhp. and 1,000 to 1,500 bhp. Missile Aerodynamics—Jack N. Nielsen —McGraw-Hill Book Co., Inc., 330 W. 42nd St., New York, N. Y. $12.50; 450 pp.
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FINANCIAL

Stock Transactions

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Summary of Security Transactions and Resultant Holdings for the period May 11 to June 10, 1960, reported the following transactions by nine executives of Collins Radio Co.: disposition of 2,900 common shares by Lester E. Bessemer, officer and director, leaving a holding of 2,989 (indirect holding in trust remains 352); disposition of 3,120 common shares by Max W. Burrell, officer and director, leaving a holding of 3,176; disposition as trustee of 200 common shares by Arthur A. Collins, officer, director and beneficial owner, leaving a holding of 82,423 (direct holdings remain 131,288 and other indirect holdings remain 276,996);
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