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October 5, 1964

SPACE TECHNOLOGY

First Unmanned Apollo Nears Completion

BUSINESS FLYING

Turbo-porter Displays Exceptional Stol Performance

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Tac Evaluates New Hardware Concepts

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

First Unmanned Apollo Nears Completion

Downey, Calif.—Structural buildup of the first generation of Apollo spacecraft, which make up Block 1 of a two-block group, is well under way, and the first unmanned flight test spacecraft (009), now in final structural assembly, is expected to be delivered next spring.

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BUSINESS FLYING

Turbo-porter Displays Exceptional Stol Performance

Hagerstown, Md.—Adaptation of the United Aircraft of Canada PT6-A6 engine to the Fairchild/Pilatus Turbo-Porter—currently being certificated here by Fairchild Hiller Corp.—has produced an aircraft capable of exceptional short-field performance at high gross weights.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Tac Evaluates New Hardware Concepts

Eglin AFB —Tactical Air Command’s fledgling Tactical Air Warfare Center (TAWC) is seeking “immediate” answers to questions of operational procedures, the upper reaches of human capabilities and maximum hardware utilization to meet its assigned task of increasing the effectiveness of tactical air support for ground forces under combat conditions.

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MANAGEMENT

Anti-gratuity Order Spreading to Nasa

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Usaf Stresses Yf-12a Interceptor Role

Edwards AFB, Calif.—Air Force leaders last week portrayed the Lockheed YF-12A as the long-sought Improved Manned Interceptor (IMI), and displayed as evidence an air-to-air missile system that turned out to be part of the North American F-108 program.
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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Test of Positive Expulsion Device Planned

Buffalo, N. Y.—Bell Aerosystems Co. engineers will flight-test a new zero-gravity, positive expulsion device aboard a Boeing KC-135 aircraft early next year. The device, which is based on a technique of surface force orientation, appears to offer the best available solution to the problem of orienting and expelling fluids under zero-gravity conditions in advanced, high-energy space vehicles for extended-duration missions up to two years, according to Bell.

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Letters

Range Data Mr. Barry Miller should be congratulated for identifying a fire control system using a laser ranging device for delivery of munitions in fighter aircraft (AW&ST Aug. 17, p. 69). However, the article did not include a discussion on several most important items.
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AVIONICS

Navy Test of Thin-film Computer Planned

Owego, N. Y.—International Business Machines Corp. has delivered a thin-film microcircuit digital computer which weighs less than 26 lb. and occupies a volume of 0.25 cu. ft. to the Naval Avionics Facility in Indianapolis for bench testing.

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AIR TRANSPORT

United Tries Spice in Promotion Efforts

Carrier plans to use inflight entertainment, jazz music in transcontinental traffic battle with TWA, American.

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MANAGEMENT

New Nasa Patent Policy to Aid Industry

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