March 13, 1961

SPECIFICATIONS

Leading Foreign Aircraft Military and Civil

FORIEGN

French Score in Drive to Widen Market

MISSILES

Service Use Modifies Missile Concepts

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SPECIFICATIONS

Leading Foreign Aircraft Military and Civil

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FORIEGN

French Score in Drive to Widen Market

FRANCE French aircraft industry’s determined effort to free itself from its traditional dependence on French buyers—military and civil—is yielding impressive results. A breakdown of the industry’s 1960 sales figures of $440 million—up $60 million from previous year—shows that 42% represented export sales. In 1959, export sales accounted for only 21% of total industry business. This year export business may go over the 50% mark.

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MISSILES

Service Use Modifies Missile Concepts

Accumulation of military experience with missiles has begun to exert more influence on the design of their successors and is beginning to produce some new patterns of military administration. These patterns are part of the complex process by which missiles eventually will become a tightly integrated, workaday part of the military inventory like airplanes, artillery and ships.

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AVIONICS

Faa Prepares to Test Modernized Atc

Atlantic City, N. J.—Within several months the Federal Aviation Agency will begin the first operational tests on its new experimental semi-automatic traffic control data processing and display system which is expected to provide the greatest single shot in the arm for air traffic control since the advent of radar.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Costs, Jet Competition Squeeze Trunks

Washington—Rapidly expanding turbojet fleets, once viewed as an antidote to all domestic trunkline ills, have triggered a competitive battle for survival that threatens to reshape the entire domestic scheduled airline industry before the end of the year.

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FORIEGN

Britain Eyes Competitive Project Cuts

London—Steps to eliminate duplication in current and future civil aircraft projects appear to be under way by Britain’s two airframe groups, Hawker Siddeley and British Aircraft Corp. The move is seen as an attempt to combat strong U.S. competition and jointly, at least, to stay in the transport business in all major categories.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Russia Still Holds Four-year Space Lead

Soviet Russia has entered a new phase of space exploration in a better position than ever to make military, scientific and psychological capital of her lead over the U. S. In spite of great effort and some noteworthy achievements by U. S. military and civilian space teams, Russia still enjoys the same four-year lead in rocket propulsive power with which it began the space age—a lead that has been conceded but too often has been downgraded in importance by U. S. leaders.

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AIR TRANSPORT

World Airlines Feel Full Jet Impact

Most international airlines around the world marked their entry into the long-range turbojet race in 1960. Fleets of Boeing and Douglas jet aircraft were delivered and the scramble to fill the new capacities was on. The jets are expected to reshape travel patterns around the world, opening new areas to tourist business.
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BUSINESS FLYING

Business Flying Feels Recession Pinch

Business flying’s effort to get off to a fast-moving start to fulfill expectations that 1961 would be its biggest year yet ran into trouble early this year overcoming the inertia of the recession in general business. With the national outlook over the next few months uncertain, it becomes equally difficult to estimate what the business flying sales scoreboard will look like at year’s end.

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SPECIFICATIONS

R&d Costs Temper Financial Outlook

Aerospace companies might reasonably expect a better year in 1961 than 1960 with its spasm of write-offs—especially if a rising stock market is a reliable barometer. On the plus side of the scale is the size of the market, forecast to equal 1960’s total of $12.5 billion.

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