November 20, 1961

SPACE TECHNOLOGY

X-15 Objectives Raised to New Limits

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Cl-44 Expanding Cargo Carriers’ Market

Swiss Charter Line Expands Piston Fleet

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

X-15 Objectives Raised to New Limits

Edwards AFB, Calif.—More than two years after the first flight of the North American X-l5 hypersonic research aircraft, test data indicates that the rocket-powered airplane will exceed its design limits by 100% in altitude and 17% in speed.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Cl-44 Expanding Cargo Carriers’ Market

Canadair CL-44D turbine-powered swing-tail transport, nearing the end of its initial break-in difficulties and growing pains, may place Flying Tiger Line and Seaboard World Airlines in a position to drop breakeven requirements to a reasonable level and perhaps even capture some business from surface transportation.
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Swiss Charter Line Expands Piston Fleet

Basle—Balair A. G., 40% Swissairowned charter company which began nonschcdulcd passenger and cargo services in June, 1957, is expanding its four-engine piston fleet for increased service to East Africa, Ceylon and the Far East and sees a possible need for jet equipment by 1965.

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MANAGEMENT

Swiss Emphasize Individual Pilot Abilities

Bern—Swiss air force places major reliance upon the competence of the individual to compensate for the minimal flying hours and cramped, mountain-ringed practice areas available within this small, neutral nation. Training, often beginning even before formal military induction, is demanding and only the ablest pilot candidates survive the rigorous weeding process to win their wings.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Nasa Studies Wider Rendezvous Concept

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AIR TRANSPORT

Probes to Shape Status of Supplementals

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MANAGEMENT

Defense to Emphasize Incentive Contracts

Civilian chiefs ready to insist on reward-or-penalty approach to cut costs, improve quality of weapons.

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Letters

In reference to your article concerning the upgrading of military research in the Oct. 30 AVIATION WEEK (p. 26), it appears that one questionable assumption has been made by the military planners and congressmen. This assumption is that engineers and scientists are working primarily for money.
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EDITORIAL

Salute to the X-15

The joint USAF-Navy-NASA research program with three North American X-15 aircraft has reached a significant milestone, with performances of Mach 6.04 (4,095 mph.) and 217,000 ft. altitude that fulfilled its original design requirements established by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics’ aerodynamics committee in 1954.

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AVIONICS

New Integrated Circuits to Be Marketed

Culver City, Calif. — Integrated avionic circuits designed to combine the high performance and flexibility of individual quality transistors with the potentially low cost and high reliability features of integrated circuitry will be made available at the end of the year by Pacific Semiconductors, Inc.

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