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October 30, 1967

Editorial

An Airman Speaks Out

Who's Where

Industry Observer

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Editorial

An Airman Speaks Out

For the past year there has been a rising tide of criticism over the ineffectual way that U. S. airpower has been applied in North Vietnam. Initial complaints came from Air Force and Navy pilots who were flying what they termed politically-dictated missions against targets they regarded as militarily useless.

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Who's Where

In the Front Office Fritz A. Gross, vice president-engineering, Raytheon Co., Lexington, Mass. R. H. Owen, a group vice president-Aerospace and Precision Metal Products group, HITCO, Gardena, Calif. Dr. Karl R. Guenther, executive vice president, Bjorksten Research Laboratories, Inc., Madison, Wis.
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Industry Observer

French National Center for Space Studies is discussing with the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration the prospect of building a Douglas Thor Delta launch facility at the Kourou complex under construction in French Guiana.
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Washington Roundup

Procurement Fight Another round in the controversy over the Administration’s tactical aircraft procurement policies is likely to explode when Congress gets the new Defense budget less than three months from now. The issue is how the Defense Dept, plans to maintain force levels in the face of U.S. aircraft lost in Vietnam.

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Air Losses Spark Phuc Yen Strike

Mounting casualties reinforced recommendation of Joint Chiefs that principal North Vietnamese MiG base should be attacked

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McNamara’s August Stand on Phuc Yen

Washington-Following is the censored, and released, testimony of Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara-who frequently has had to backtrack on his statements about the necessities of the war in Vietnam—concerning the advisability of striking the major MiG fighter base of Phuc Yen near Hanoi during Aug. 25 hearings of the Senate Preparedness Investigating Subcommittee: “. . . How many aircraft are in North Vietnam today? Answer, 20. How many are on Phuc Yen? Answer, 11. How many would we lose if we struck Phuc Yen? Uncertain.
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Tactical Air Power Curtailment Seen Causing Excessive Losses

Washington-U.S. suffered excessive air and ground losses in Vietnam because the Defense Dept, severely curtailed the application of the tactical air power available to it, retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Gilbert L. Meyers charged before the Senate Armed Services Preparedness Investigating Subcommittee.

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Avionics

Astro-lnertial Navigator Built for SR-71

Los Angeles-Northrop Corp. last week confirmed that it has been participating in the Lockheed SR-71 reconnaissance aircraft program, as producer of a highly accurate astro-inertial navigation system for the Air Force aircraft (AW&ST Nov. 23, 1964, p. 22).
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Management

Contractor Support Service Called Illegal

Civil Service Commission finding on Goddard contracts spurs MASA fear of research and development activity disruption

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Management

NASA Readies 5% Personnel Reduction

Washington-Administrative operating plan being developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for the remainder of Fiscal 1968 and Fiscal 1969 is aimed at a 5% reduction in civil service personnel totaling 1,454 employes.

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