October 11, 1971

Aeronautical Engineering

Concorde Tour Tests Systems Performance

Air Transport

North Atlantic Traffic Outlook Dim

Aeronautical Engineering

Bell Stresses Equipped Prototype

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Aeronautical Engineering

Concorde Tour Tests Systems Performance

Toulouse—Systems performance of the Anglo-French 001 Concorde prototype in a broad spectrum of conventional operational environments on its recent South American tour satisfied both flight crew and program officials as to the validity of the supersonic transport design.

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Air Transport

North Atlantic Traffic Outlook Dim

Carriers report slight overall summer traffic increase, but fares imbroglio clouds prospects for winter surge

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Aeronautical Engineering

Bell Stresses Equipped Prototype

Ft. Worth—Bell Model 309 KingCobra will be marketed using prototypes equipped as complete weapon systems that can demonstrate day-and-night operational capabilities. KingCobra is primarily designed to handle many of U.S. Army’s Advanced Aerial Fire Support System (AAFSS) requirements at a low cost and a minimum development-to-production cycle (AW&ST Oct. 4, p. 17).

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The Growing Threat—2

Soviets Stressing Offensive Mix of Strategic Arms for Which U. S. Has Little Defense

Soviet strategic threat to the U.S. is based upon a mix of offensive weapons against which the U. S. has little defense. Backbone of the present Russian operational inventory is composed of the SS-9 Scarp and SS-11 Savage landbased intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) plus the 1,300-mi.-range Serb fleet ballistic missile.
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Avionics

Aerosat Specifications Delineated

Tentative performance parameters disclosed at pre-bid briefing conference; final requirements expected to be mailed shortly

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Air Transport

Faith in Iata Fare Mechanism Slipping

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Management

More Government-industry Efforts Urged

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Space Technology

Soviet Civil Space Shakeup Seen

Major reorganization may follow prolonged failures, plummeting morale and rising political dissidence in scientific community
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Space Technology

Post-skylab Plans Focus on Earth Orbital Missions

Washington—Plans for additional manned Apollo flights to the moon after Project Skylab in 1973 have been abandoned by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Instead, the space agency will use the four Apollo spacecraft which will be surplus after Skylab to conduct a series of earth orbital missions, including two dockings with a Soviet Union Salyut space station.

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Business Flying

Cessna Alters Marketing of Single-engine Aircraft

Wichita—New emphasis on marketing its single-engine aircraft for business use signals a major shift in sales strategy by Cessna Aircraft Co. In recent years, Cessna has been promoting its single-engine models primarily for personal or pleasure use.

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