March 6, 1961

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Vertol 107 Aims at Low-cost Versatility

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Boeing Reveals Final 727 Design Details

AIR TRANSPORT

First Modified Electras Go Into Service

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Vertol 107 Aims at Low-cost Versatility

Morton, Pa.—Selection of the Vertol I07M by the U. S. Marine Corps marks a major turning-point in the five-year development program of this “mission-module’’ helicopter. Observers of the hotly contested competition for an assault helicopter believe the Vertol design was chosen over its competition on the basis of “. . . both technical reasons and cost.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Boeing Reveals Final 727 Design Details

Renton, Wash.—Final configuration of the Boeing 727 has been frozen with the exception of minor changes. Class I and II mockups are nearing completion and engineering drawings are being released to shops as they become available. Present production schedule calls for the first metal to be cut in about three months with roll-out of the first prototype in September, 1962.

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AIR TRANSPORT

First Modified Electras Go Into Service

Eastern will take monthly delivery of balance of its 39-aircraft fleet of Super Electras through July.

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BUSINESS FLYING

Overseas Firms Plan Executive Transports

Geneva—At least three firms on this side of the Atlantic are mapping major invasions of the U.S. business aircraft market bv the mid-1960s with relatively low-cost, multi-passenger turbine executive transport designs. The companies are:

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EQUIPMENT

B-70 Secondary Power System Detailed

Rockford, 111.—Complete dependence upon secondary power for flight control of the North American B-70 bomber places severe reliability demands on the power generating subsystem, which operates at 500F ambient conditions. The secondary power generation subsystem, under the management of Sundstrand Aviation, Rockford, 111., supplies all major power on the B-70 other than propulsion.

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AVIONICS

Bmews Uses Discrimination Techniques

The radar data processing system employed in Air Force’s Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS) uses a wide range of discrimination techniques to distinguish between threatening missiles and harmless reflectors of radar energy, such as meteors and satellites.

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Letters

Re: Your editorial, AVIATION WEEK, February 27, 1961. The recognition expressed regarding Project Mercury as a technical scientific program rather than as a circus was most heartening to us. A very fine comment in the midst of hazy reporting elsewhere.
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AIR TRANSPORT

Monroney Increasingly Critical of Faa

Washington—Sen. A. S. Mike Monroney (D.-Okla.) made it clear last week that he intends to keep a closer, more critical eye on the Federal Aviation Agency as his Senate aviation subcommittee continued its investigation of air safety. Strong backing by Sen.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Usaf May Gain Stronger Role in Space

Proposed change would give development of payloads almost exclusively to Air Force; Army, Navy object.
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AIR TRANSPORT

Havana Issue Might Delay Soviet Bilateral

Washington—Chances are strong that the U. S. and the Soviet Union will open talks on a bilateral air transport agreement this spring, but that Russian demands to include Havana as an intermediate stop will delay a final agreement. Opening gesture last month by the Kennedy Administration—an invitation to discuss the exchange of air services— coinciding with moves bv the Russian Embassy here to take soundings on the U. S. attitude, will undoubtedly bring about the first formal talks the two nations have ever conducted on a mutual trade of routes.

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