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July 4, 1966


Thickened Fuels May Reduce Crash Fires


Eastern Moves to Solve Shuttle Problems


Soviets Hike Reconnaissance Satellite Pace



Thickened Fuels May Reduce Crash Fires

Ft. Monroe, Va.—Recent work on controlled-flammability fuel emulsions and gels indicates that these thickened fuels can be burned directly in gas turbine engines with a significant reduction in aircraft fire hazards. The Army plans to flight test an emulsified fuel within a year. For the most part, however, work on these modified fuels is still in the early research and development stage. Operational use may be as much as five years away, and there is a possibility it may never develop.



Eastern Moves to Solve Shuttle Problems

Initiation of DC-9 service will begin replacement of 727s, Constellations for Boston-N.Y.-Washington.



Soviets Hike Reconnaissance Satellite Pace

Launch rate this year 37% above comparable 1965 figure; higher inclinations yield greater coverage.



Final Gemini Flights Assume Critical Role

Houston—Intensified review of the remainder of the Gemini manned space flight program is under way by National Aeronautics and Space Administration to guarantee that maximum experience is gained in docked-mode operations and extra-vehicular activity.



Capacity Increase May Enlarge L-2000

Lockheed studies model variety, lengthening of SST entry; resistance from government is seen possible.



Rotor Blade Radar Array to Undergo Test

Washington—Helicopter radar that uses a novel slotted-array antenna built into the rotor blades of an Army/Bell UH-1B will undergo flight tests soon by Bell Helicopter Co. and Texas Instruments, Inc. If the radar system tests substantiate earlier Bell tests on the rotor blade antenna, it could eliminate a major problem in finding a suitable location for mounting helicopter navigation radars and reduce their over-all drag.



Asw Demands Retain Top Dod Priority

Washington—Requirement for development and production of advanced weapon system components for the Navy’s anti-submarine warfare packagedelivery platforms, ordnance and detection equipment—is expected to retain its high priority in Defense Dept, budgets of the foreseeable future. To meet its needs in this area, the Navy also will look increasingly to the talents of the U.S. aerospace industry (AW&ST June 27, p. 22).


Oil Depot Bombings Mark New Viet Phase

Washington—U. S. strikes against the extensive petroleum storage facilities in the suburbs of Hanoi and Haiphong last week marked the latest step in the gradual escalation of the aerial war over North Vietnam that began at the close of an unsuccessful 37-dav bombing pause earlier this vear.



More Escalation

The successful air attack on the North Vietnam oil storage facilities at Hanoi and Haiphong is another step in escalation of the Southeast Asian war. This U.S. effort to dry up the enemy’s source of mobility came in response to a major increase in North Vietnamese troops and supplies to the southern combat areas that, in turn, represented the Hanoi government’s escalation of effort to meet the massive increase of U.S. combat forces during 1965.


Douglas Rolls Out First Dc-8-62 for Sas

Long Beach, Calif.—Douglas Aircraft Co. last week rolled out its first longrange DC-8-62, scheduled for initial delivery to Scandinavian Airlines System in early 1967 and for certification in time for the carrier to open daily summer nonstop service on its Copenhagen-Los Angeles polar route.

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