February 19, 1962

SAFETY

Crew Confusion Cited in Imperial Crash

AIR TRANSPORT

United Surmounts Post-merger Problems

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Allison Seeks Removal Rate Cut in 501

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SAFETY

Crew Confusion Cited in Imperial Crash

On Nov. 8, 1961, at 2124 EST, an Imperial Airlines Lockheed L-049 crashed and burned during an attempted landing at Byrd Field, Richmond, Virginia. Seventy-four passengers and three flight crew members died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning.
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AIR TRANSPORT

United Surmounts Post-merger Problems

Profit in 1961 dispels pessimism over Capital venture; early operational tangles have now eased.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Allison Seeks Removal Rate Cut in 501

Indianapolis—Relatively high but not unsatisfactory premature removal rate for the Allison 501 (military T56) 4,050-hp. turboprop engine, due to delays in installation of major engineering fixes, is expected to continue dropping gradually until next summer when it will level off at the completion of the program.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Disputes Quieted in Halaby’s First Year

Washington—Aviation industry declared a truce with the Federal Aviation Agency during Administrator N. E. Halaby’s first year in office. But its final judgment of the man is being withheld until the impact of decentralization and task force reports—his own biggest projects—mold FAA’s new image.

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BUSINESS FLYING

Flying Ease Stressed in 1962 Mooney 21

New York—Design changes in the 1962 Mooney Mark 21C emphasize ease of flying and increased load capacity to bring the aircraft more competitively into the business market. Extensively redesigned and converted to all-metal configuration in 1961 (AW Jan. 16, 1961, p. 108), the Mark 21 retains the basic design features of the earlier wooden wing Mark 20.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Hughes Suit Accuses Lenders of Conspiring to Gain Twa Control

New York—Charging “conspiracy” by lending institutions and their officers to gain control of Trans World Airlines for their own special advantage, Hughes Tool Co. last week asked damages totaling more than $366 million for itself and for TWA.

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AVIONICS

Oao May Penetrate Ultraviolet Curtain

Project Celescope, a new satellite payload intended to give astrophysicists their first fine-grained look at distant galaxies in the revealing ultraviolet portion of the spectrum now masked by the earth’s atmosphere, will be built by Electro-Mechanical Research, Inc., Sarasota, Fla.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Titan 2 Slated for Four Space Vehicles

Cape Canaveral, Fla.—USAF Martin Titan 2 missile, which will begin flight tests here in a few weeks, is expected to become the basic unit for at least four U. S. space vehicles in addition to its role as a weapon. Under a new system, launch vehicles that will be used only by National Aeronautics and Space Administration or only by Air Force will be designated Special Launch Vehicles.

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Letters

I am gratified by the detailed coverage which AVIATION WEEK recently gave to the contemplated consolidation of the American Rocket Society and the Institute of the Aerospace Sciences. There would appear, however, to be aspects of the story that may tend to cause some confusion in the minds of those who are interested in these proceedings and which may convey an impression that is not quite in keeping with the facts.
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MANAGEMENT

Final Decision on Tfx Engine Due Soon

Washington—Results of last-ditch efforts by the General Electric Co. and General Motors Corp.’s Allison Division to have their turbofan engines remain in the powerplant competition for the Air Force-Navy TFX tactical fighter, despite actions which favored the Pratt & Whitney entry, are expected this week from an Air Force engine evaluation board which was reconvened to reconsider and clarify its original recommendations.

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