August 29, 1960

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

T-38 Trainer Has Fighter Performance

MANAGEMENT

Usaf Overcomes Congo Airlift Problems

Space Technology

Able Star Works as Second Stage Booster

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

T-38 Trainer Has Fighter Performance

Palmdale, Calif.—Safety and good handling qualities combined with performance characteristics of some of the later Century series fighters were demonstrated during an AVIATION WEEK flight evaluation of Northrop Corp.’s T-38 Talon supersonic trainer version of the N-156F fighter.

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MANAGEMENT

Usaf Overcomes Congo Airlift Problems

Evreux, France—Dearth of communications, nagging fuel uncertainties and the necessity of conducting major maintenance in African way stations unheard of only a few days before were the operational problems of the U. S. Air Force airlift effort into the Congo Republic.

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Space Technology

Able Star Works as Second Stage Booster

SPACE TECHNOLOGY Los Angeles—Able Star vehicle has turned in two successful performances in its initial applications as a secondstage space system atop the Thor firststage booster. Embodying integrated control for trajectory and injection of satellite payloads into orbit, it represents a stateof-the-art sophistication to eliminate protracted design, development and manufacturing phases.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Idlewild Expansion Shows Gains, Problems

Decentralization brings trouble to interline passenger; jetways, conveyors aid ground handling.

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AVIONICS

Courier Is Designed for High Reliability

Washington—Army’s Project Courier, an experimental delayed-repeater type communications satellite, represents the most sophisticated space payloads produced to date as a result of widespread use of standby elements intended to provide high reliability and long service life.

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Space Technology

Russians Plan More Unmanned Sputniks

Moscow—Another series of experimental space launchings will precede man’s flight into space despite the successful return of the first living creatures from orbital flight, Prof. Alexander V. Topchiev, vice president of the USSR Academy of Sciences, said last week.
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Space Technology

C-119’s Third Pass Snares Discoverer

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EDITORIAL

Gates Reviews Defense Policy

Current world tensions and the election campaign have focused unusually strong attention on the state of U.S. defenses. Defense Secretary Thomas S. Gates, Jr., outlined his views on the nation’s military strength last week at the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
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Space Technology

Scientists Discuss Space Power Needs

Stockholm—Rapidly growing need for space power systems demands far more basic research and greater selectivity in developing fewer flyable systems, and more help from industry and universities to convert fundamental ideas to hardware, despite the great enthusiasm generated in the past year, the eleventh annual International Astronautical Congress was told recently.

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Space Technology

Soviets Meet Stiff Opposition in Attempts to Change Iaf Rules

Stockholm—Soviet Prof. Leonid I. Sedov has been re-elected president of the 29-nation International Astronautical Federation after heatedly rejecting a charge that he tried to introduce “colonialist” policies into conduct of the federation’s business.

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