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June 6, 1966

EDITORIAL:

Changing Airline Patterns

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INDUSTRY OBSERVER

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EDITORIAL:

Changing Airline Patterns

While airlines are wrestling with the problems of their current prosperity, they also must be preparing to cope with another change in environment that is developing from the impact of new technology on economic and social patterns. We always have maintained that jet technology brought a revolutionary, not evolutionary, change to air transport.

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In the Front Office Harvey Gaylord, elected a director of National Aviation Corp., New York, N.Y. He is executive vice president of Textron, Inc. Allen M. Harrelson, elected a director of The Bcndix Corp., Detroit, Mich., replacing William H. Houghton, vice president-finance, who is retiring.
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INDUSTRY OBSERVER

► Weight of the General Dynamics F-111A could be chopped by 3,205 lb. with the use of boron filament sheeting in place of aluminum and titanium in the aircraft skin, according to theoretical computations made by Wright-Patterson AFB’s Materials Laboratory.
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Washington Roundup-

COIN Reappraisal While North American tries to improve the performance of its OV-10A counter-insurgency aircraft, key lawmakers are pushing the Navy to look beyond that aircraft to one that is better. Some even are suggesting scrapping the present OV-10A if it cannot reach its design speed.

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Surveyor's Pictures Bolster LEM Plans

Surveyor’s Pictures Bolster LEM Plans Pasadena — First photographs from Surveyor last week indicated that the soft-lander’s footpads penetrated the moon’s surface only a few inches—lending a significant confidence factor to the Apollo lunar excursion module landing system.
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LEM Radar Chosen

Houston — Radio Corp. of America’s rendezvous radar system has been chosen over the Hughes optical system to guide the lunar excursion module (LEM) back to the Apollo command module after launch from the lunar surface. The estimated cost of a completed RCA system is $58.5 million.
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House Seen Pushing Nike-X Acceleration

Washington—House this week is expected to add its weight to the push for a multi-billion-dollar anti-ballistic-missile system deployed around the U. S. by voting for the money needed for a faster-paced Nike-X program. The vote would follow a similar one in the Senate (AW&ST May 2, p. 28), and would represent overwhelming congressional backing of the type of Nike-X effort that the Army and the Joint Chiefs of Staff want to pursue—even though it will cost more than the approach recommended by Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara.

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DOD Changes in Navy Procurement

Washington-This chert shows how much the Defense secretary's office cut from or added to Navy procurement requests for Fiscal 1967. In Millions Item Navy Request OSD Actiou Grumman A~6A* S193 -S193 Grumman EA~6B* 131 -131 Li'V AlA 351 -24
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Improved B-111 Proposed to SAC

Washington-Dr. John Foster, director of Defense research and engineering, has sought Strategic Air Command views on an improved version of the USAF/General Dynamics B-111 which could delay its operational use, perhaps by several years.
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NAA Plans Two New Sabreliner Versions

Los Angeles—Nine-passenger “Sabre Commuter” and an eight-passenger executive version of the North American Aviation Sabreliner business aircraft will be produced under a program to broaden the market potential of the twinjet. Both the nineand the eight-passenger cabins will utilize the same airframe as the present standard nine-place Sabreliner—two crewmen and seven passengers.

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