February 27, 1961

SAFETY

Board Fails to Find F-27 Crash Cause

MISSILE ENGINEERING

General Purpose Role Seen for Eagle

AIR TRANSPORT

Strike Climaxes Pilot-engineer Dispute

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SAFETY

Board Fails to Find F-27 Crash Cause

The consideration of the evidence relating to the flight of the aircraft and that relating to the examination of the wreckage thus reveals no explanation of the cause of the accident. In searching for the cause, in the circumstances which have been revealed, one leans to the conclusion that something happened within the last two or three minutes as a result of which the pilot was unaware of his actual rate of descent or that he was descending to an abnormally low altitude.
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MISSILE ENGINEERING

General Purpose Role Seen for Eagle

Ann Arbor, Mich.—Mobility and flexibility of the Bendix Eagle air-superiority missile system now point it toward a general-purpose role rather than its originally limited mission of longrange interception. The Eagle system has been designed to protect a fleet task force, envelop a beachhead, deny an inland area to enemy air, or support an air drop of troops or supplies.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Strike Climaxes Pilot-engineer Dispute

President Kennedy intervenes to force settlement of airline industry’s most crippling labor fight.

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FINANCIAL

Stock Transactions

Current trend of inside trading in the aerospace industry seems to have shifted to the buying side; note the acquisition of stock through the exercise of large options. There could be a number of reasons: lower prices of many stocks making them more attractive buys; feeling that outlook for business has improved; issuance of new options, etc.
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AVIONICS

Honeywell Expands Micro-electronics

Minneapolis—Minneapolis-Honeywell this year will double the size of its company-financed program in microcircuitry and molectronics, a broad-gage effort intended both to apply available techniques to today’s hardware and to develop the more advanced techniques required for the coming decade.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Tri-service Vtol Calls for Advances

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EQUIPMENT

Angle-of-attack System Proposed for Jets

Syosset, N. Y.—Standardization of jet transport takeoffs, climbs, approaches and holding maneuvers is proposed by means of an angle-of-attack instrument and a relatively lag-free vertical speed indicator. The angle of attack of a wing configuration, being constant for best lift/ drag ratios regardless of airspeed, gross weight, bank angle, g loading and other variables, is sensed in flight tests and is even measured as part of the flight instruments of many jet transports.

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AVIONICS

Hughes Develops Coherent Optical Radar

Culver City, Calif.—Experimental models of coherent optical radar systems with unusually high angular resolution have been operated recently by Hughes Aircraft Co. scientists only nine months after another company scientist scored the basic technological advance which made them feasible.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Mercury-atlas Re-entry Test Successful

Washington—Near-perfect trajectory was flown in the second Mercury-Atlas test last week when a production capsule and its systems performed successfully under the high angle reentry loads imposed by an intentional abort at staging—the most severe set of stresses the capsule should ever have to undergo.

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SAFETY

Monroney Demands Action on Air Safety

Washington—Immediate action to reduce the nation’s growing aircraft accident rate through more efficient use of existing personnel, equipment and regulations, was demanded last week by the Senate Aviation Subcommittee in hearings which probed Civil Aeronautics Board and Federal Aviation Agency cooperation in accident investigations.

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