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August 29, 1966

SAFETY

Brown Raps Film Approval in Xb-70 Loss

SAFETY

Text of Crash Report

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Vertol to Build, Flight Test Boron Filament Rotor Blade

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SAFETY

Brown Raps Film Approval in Xb-70 Loss

USAF colonels, civilian reprimanded for permitting publicity formation which led to midair collision.

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SAFETY

Text of Crash Report

(Following is the official Air Force analysis of the midair collision which resulted in the loss of the No. 2 XB-70) All of the pilots in the formation had considerable flying time and had qualified in the particular aircraft involved. Mr. White, pilot of the XB-70, had logged in excess of 5,900 flying hours as of 8 June 1966 in a variety of aircraft.
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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Vertol to Build, Flight Test Boron Filament Rotor Blade

Morton, Pa.-Boeing Vertol Div. here has started a program to develop advancedgeometry main rotor blades using boron filament composite as structural material which could have a substantial impact on helicopter design. The company is to design, fabricate and flight test the new blades on an Army CH-47A Chinook helicopter as part of a $2.95-million Air Force contract.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

P&w Increases Airflow for Sst Engine

Increased airflow is the key to the more powerful engine Pratt & Whitney Aircraft will propose next month for Phase 3 of the supersonic transport development program as well as growth versions of the engine. Designated JTF17A-21, Pratt & Whitney’s Phase 3, duct-burning turbofan engine will produce 4,000 lb. more takeoff thrust than the company’s 57,000-lb.-thrust JTF17A-20 Phase 2C demonstrator engines now running on the company’s test stands (AW&ST Aug. 8, p. 54).

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Nasa Seeks Simpler, More Flexible J-2

Huntsville, Ala.—Simpler operation and greater mission flexibility are the principal objectives of a technology effort now being conducted on the 205,000-lb.-thrust, hydrogen-oxygen J-2 engine by National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Strike Clouds Airlines' Economic Future

CAB study to focus on industry-wide effects; impact seen possible on long-range outlook for air travel.

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AIR TRANSPORT

5 Trunks Regaining Traffic After Strike

Rate of recovery of passenger traffic of the five struck airlines showed signs of running ahead of expectations last week, and there was cautious optimism that growth would rebound to pre-strike percentages. All the carriers believe that no clear picture will emerge before this week, and that it will take until at least October before there can be any real confirmation of post-strike revisions in traffic forecasts.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Cargo System Developed for Delta L-100

Atlanta-Simple, rugged, flexible cargo loading system developed by Delta Air Lines and Lockheed Industrial Products Div. of Lockheed-Georgia Co. is being counted on by the carrier to reduce ground time and cargo handling costs of its Lockheed 100 turboprop cargo aircraft.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

75% Achievement of Orbiter Goals Seen

Pasadena, Calif.—Lunar Orbiter 1 is expected to accomplish about 75% of its mission goals despite the inability of its high-resolution camera system to produce clear images of target sites on the moon’s surface. This degree of achievement—if coupled with a successful Lunar Orbiter 2 mission, scheduled for launch in November—is expected to provide an adequate basis for selection of Apollo lunar landing sites.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Nasa Estimates Advanced Plans Funds

Mueller lists five manned space flight alternatives including prestige effort costing $6 billion annually.

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