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May 20, 1968

Special Report—Air War in Vietnam:

Hueycobras, Lohs Extend Army Support

MANAGEMENT

Economic Surge Drives Aerospace Net Up

Special Report—Air War in Vietnam

Navy Using Armed Helicopters in Vietnam

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Special Report—Air War in Vietnam:

Hueycobras, Lohs Extend Army Support

Capabilities of Bell AH-1G and Hughes OH-6A helicopters in combat draw praise from crews, but both have problems

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MANAGEMENT

Economic Surge Drives Aerospace Net Up

New York-Manufacturers of aerospace products scored better-than-average gains in a nationwide surge of 1968 first-quarter economic activity, according to a First National City Bank survey of 1,477 non-financial corporations. The bank said the January-March upswing pulled profits up with it, more than offsetting rising wages, greater expenditures for equipment and expansions and dislocations due to strikes.
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Special Report—Air War in Vietnam

Navy Using Armed Helicopters in Vietnam

Concepts for integrating armed attack helicopters into U.S. Navy operations are being developed by Helicopter Attack (Light) Sqdn., which is supporting river patrol boat missions in South Vietnam. The Navy unit nicknamed the “Seawolves,” with headquarters at VungTau Army airfield, 35 mi. southeast of Saigon, now deploys about 24 Bell UHlBs in seven detachments on land and sea bases.

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AVIONICS

Infrared System Spots Production Flaws

Washington-New semi-automatic infrared testing facility, built by Raytheon Co. under Army sponsorship, is demonstrating the ability to spot manufacturing errors which escape detection by conventional electrical performance tests.

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Space Technology

Test Supports Space Survival Concept

Santa Monica, Calif.-Recent survival test in which four student volunteers were sealed off for 60 days in a realistic space cabin simulator is a major step toward development of an integrated, closed-loop ecological life support system, according to National Aeronautics and Space Administration and McDonnell Douglas Corp.
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Air Transport

New York-chicago Battle Sharpens

American, United and Trans World offering 16,000 seats daily for estimated 8,000 passengers; competitive pressure mounts

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MANAGEMENT

Bonn Plans $1-billion Aircraft Purchase

U.S. hardware dominates Defense Ministry’s five-year package; request for McDonnell Douglas RF-4E faces fight in parliament

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Editorial

The Soviet Space Program

The initial question is: What is the status of the Soviet space program? Of course there are many specifics about their space program we do not know but there are also many significant things we do know. First of all, they appear to have placed a higher funding priority on space exploration than we have.
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Aeronautical Engineering

Saab Accelerates Viggen Testing

Linkoeping, Sweden—Saab has accelerated its AJ37 Viggen fighter flight test program, conducting as many as 35 flights a month and occasionally sending one of the three prototypes aloft five times in a single day. Saab accelerated the test program to compensate for delays in the first six months after the maiden flight of the first prototype in February, 1967. During that time bird damage to a radome and modifications of the engine and other systems retarded the flight testing.

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AVIONICS

Need for Separate Category 2 Pilot Information Source Seen

Dayton, Ohio—Need for a separate, independent source of critical information for pilots conducting approaches to Category 2 standards and beyond is indicated by continuing Air Force studies of instrument approach techniques. The pilot flying a low approach to advanced criteria needs the security of an entirely separate source of backup data providing a cross-check of his instrument complement, such as a high-resolution onboard radar, according to George L. Yingling of USAF's Flight Dynamics Laboratory.

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