December 4, 1961

AVIONICS

U.s. Increases Radiation Weapons Studies

MISSILE ENGINEERING

Rapid Tactical Mobility Stressed in Hawk

BUSINESS FLYING

Beech Schedules Four-place Musketeer for 1963 Market

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AVIONICS

U.s. Increases Radiation Weapons Studies

Washington—United States is stepping up the pace of its research on exotic weapons, broadly referred to as “X-weapons,” as a possible defense against ICBMs. These bear a slight resemblance to the “death ray” concepts of science fiction.

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MISSILE ENGINEERING

Rapid Tactical Mobility Stressed in Hawk

Andover, Mass.—Army’s Hawk anti-aircraft missile system, developed and in high-volume production at Raytheon Co., is well into its second year of service with 13 Army battalions deployed in West Germany, the Panama Canal Zone and the island of Okinawa in the Pacific.

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BUSINESS FLYING

Beech Schedules Four-place Musketeer for 1963 Market

Wichita, Kan.—New Beech Aircraft Corp. Model 23 Musketeer single-engine, low-wing lightplane was unveiled here last week before key Beech retail and management officials. The new airplane is designed to capture at least one-third of the total market of approximately 13,500 airplanes in the $10,000-$12,000 price category that business flying observers predict will be delivered in the next five years.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Air Cushion Vehicle Program Increasing

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Chimp Shot Raises Hope That U. S. Can Orbit Man Before Year’s End

Cape Canaveral—Hopes for an orbital flight by a U.S. astronaut late this month were revived by the successful flight last week of a chimpanzee-carrying Project Mercury capsule on a two-orbit mission. Mercury officials told AVIATION WEEK, however, that there is no pressure on them to attempt the manned flight before Dec. 31, and the manned mission will not be flown until its chances of success are assured.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Airline’s Growth Perils Australian Policy

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Letters

The recent re-emphasized pressure upon the Department of Defense by the Congress to achieve a high percentage of competitive procurements (100% is the stated goal) in defense buying must result from a lack of possession of the facts by members of the Congress.
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MANAGEMENT

U.s. Will Outline Impact of Arms Control

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AIR TRANSPORT

Shuttle Boosts Eastern’s Holiday Traffic

Expanded fleet makes fast turnarounds, doubling line’s 1960 Thanksgiving commuter circuit volume.

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BUSINESS FLYING

Piper Seeks Lower Aircraft, Radio Costs

W. Palm Beach, Fla.—Active development program is being conducted by Piper Aircraft Corp. to add new models of single and light-twin business and utility airplanes to its line in the near future, but the company has no plans to get into rotary wing, VTOL or turbine-powered types of any kind, Research and Development Vice President Howard Piper told company distributors and dealers here.
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