July 10, 1961

SAFETY

Nacelle Oscillation Led to Electra Crash

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Turbofan Engines Extend Range of Dc-8

AVIONICS

Nuclear-thermionic Power Unit Proposed

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SAFETY

Nacelle Oscillation Led to Electra Crash

At 1525 c. s. t., on March 17, 1960, a Lockheed Electra, model L-188C, N 121 US, owned and operated by Northwest Airlines, Inc., crashed approximately six miles from Cannelton, Indiana, after failure of the right wing. All 63 persons on board were killed.
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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Turbofan Engines Extend Range of Dc-8

Long Beach, Calif.—Despite a 40% increase in takeoff thrust afforded by Pratt & Whitney JT3D-1 turbofan engines, the Douglas Series 50 DC-8 retains good low-speed handling qualities stemming from a control system design attributable in part to limiting wing sweep to 30 degrees.

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AVIONICS

Nuclear-thermionic Power Unit Proposed

Pleasanton, Calif. — Concept of a compact nuclear-thermionic power supply which does not require moving parts or fluids during its operation and whose design is sufficiently flexible to be tailored to meet different power requirements is being proposed to the Air Force, Atomic Energy Commission and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration by General Electric Co.

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MANAGEMENT

European Space Program Speedup Asked

Space scientists of 12 Western European nations ask for comprehensive space plans within a few months.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Kennedy Airport Bill Nears Critical Test

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Letters

Much as we all may enjoy it—instead of spending too much valuable time debating the pros and cons of aviation and space politics, government spending policies, and how or why we might get humanity into orbit—let’s face a few simple facts.
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AIR TRANSPORT

Cargo and Local Service Airlines List Officer, Director Salaries

Washington—Following is a list of airline officers’ salaries, bonuses and indirect compensation, expenses, and stockholdings for the year ending Dec. 31, 1960, as filed with the CAB. Southern Airways—F. W. Hulse, president and director, $25,000 salary, 34,019 shares of common stock, 2,000 shares of common stock in the name of others, $5,268 expenses ;
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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

British Study Space, Supersonic Craft

Farnborough—Britain’s Royal Aircraft Establishment is working on a wide variety of designs ranging from space vehicles to aerodynamic problems of supersonic transports. In a limited showing, RAE engineers revealed some aspects of studies that cover investigation of high angle of incidence regimes, such as in the Handley Page 115 slim delta airplane due to fly soon, to the varying shapes of bomb containers.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Fairchild Plans to Build Advanced F-27s

Hagerstown, Md.—Fairchild Stratos Corp. has designed two advanced versions of the F-27 twin turboprop transport in an effort to attract a second round of commercial orders—and its first military customer—by stretching the aircraft’s range and boosting its maximum gross weight.

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