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November 21, 1960

SAFETY

Weather May Have Caused B-26 Crash

AVIONICS

Fiber Optics Reconnaissance Explored

AVIONICS

Increasing Conventions Come Under Fire

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SAFETY

Weather May Have Caused B-26 Crash

A Martin B-26C, N 1502, owned and operated by the Continental Can Company, Inc., crashed near Marion, Ohio, July 1, 1959, about 1752. All occupants, company pilots John R. Dunham and Donald Martin and eight company executives, were killed.
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AVIONICS

Fiber Optics Reconnaissance Explored

Los Angeles, Calif.—Potentially high-resolution airborne and satellite reconnaissance systems may ultimately emerge from early work now being conducted in an infant electro-optical technology based on fiber optics, an AVIATION WEEK survey of groups active in the field indicates.

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AVIONICS

Increasing Conventions Come Under Fire

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BUSINESS FLYING

Cessna Tailors Line for Wider Market

Wichita, Kan.—Twelve models, ranging from the two-place 150 up through the light-twin 31 OF and a four-seat rotary wing aircraft, compose Cessna Aircraft Co.’s 1961 line of business airplanes. Wide line characterizes the company’s intention to continue exploitation of what it believes to be a vast untapped market potential by studying all areas and determining where new penetrations can be achieved, bearing in mind that a new model tailored toward a particular customer may be required.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Caravelles Boost Finnair’s International Traffic Growth

Helsinki—Finnair-Aero O/Y, the Finnish carrier, reports a 35% growth in traffic on its international route network for the first half of this year, an increase marked by the introduction of its first three Caravelle jet transports on Apr. 1.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Bell Adapts Hustler Rocket Engine for Varied Missions

Buffalo, N. Y.—Bell Aerosystems Co. has just delivered the first XLR 81 BA-9 rocket engine, the fourth and latest model in the Agena series, to Lockheed Aircraft Corp. The engine will probably be test flown in a Discoverer satellite shortly after the first of the year.

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BUSINESS FLYING

Piper Aims Colt at Sports, Club Pilots

Grand Bahama Island—Piper Aircraft Corp., has aimed its new high-wing, two-place Colt at a high degree of general aviation utility, and a low cost to the buyer, student and rental operator. The Colt (AW Nov. 14, p. 128) resembles the Tri-Pacer, and Piper executives say that many of the Pacer components will be used in Colt production.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Lowest Trunk Earnings in Decade Forecast

Earnings may fall below $4 million level in 1960, following declining trend of first three quarters.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Europe Shuffles F-104g Production Plans

Final agreements may raise European licensed manufacture from previous high of 774 to 949.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Early Space Test of Ion Rocket Urged

Monterey, Calif.—Requirement for an early flight test of an ion rocket in space was expressed at the American Rocket Society’s Electrostatic Propulsion Conference held at the U. S. Naval Postgraduate School here by speakers who estimated that a small battery-powered motor could be delivered for flight test within a year or a year and a half.

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