September 17, 1973

Safety

NTSB Reports on Collision at Chicago

Special Report: Advanced Aircraft Research and Planning

USAF to Begin Hypersonic Testing

Special Report: Advanced Aircraft Research and Planning

AST Work Focuses on Varying Concepts

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Safety

NTSB Reports on Collision at Chicago

A North Central Airlines DC-9-31 and a Delta Air Lines CV-880 collided at the intersection of Runway 27L and the North-South taxiway on the O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, on Dec. 20, 1972, at 1800 CST. The DC-9 was taking off on Runway 27L, and the CV-880 was taxiing across the runway when the collision occurred.
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Special Report: Advanced Aircraft Research and Planning

USAF to Begin Hypersonic Testing

Dayton—Air Force is scheduled to begin wind tunnel testing with experimental hypersonic aircraft at Wright-Patterson AFB’s Flight Dynamics Laboratory to speeds up to Mach 5 during Fiscal 1974. Further testing is planned later at speeds to Mach 10 in the wind tunnel at Arnold Engineering Development Center, Tullahoma, Tenn.
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Special Report: Advanced Aircraft Research and Planning

AST Work Focuses on Varying Concepts

Wide-ranging program, including work on propulsion, materials, ecology, controls and aerodynamics, aimed at data by 1980s
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Special Report: Advanced Aircraft Research and Planning

Hypersonic Aircraft by 2000 Pushed

Hampton, Va.—Hypersonic research team at Langley Research Center here is pushing for increased effort in research that could lead to a Mach 6 transport by the year 2000. Impetus for the effort has been increased by recent funding cutbacks in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Advanced Supersonic Technology (AST) program, which have pushed back the possible decision date for any supersonic aircraft development to at least the early 1980s.
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Space Technology

Titan 3E to Fill Gap in Space Boosters

Cape Kennedy—New era of solar and planetary exploration will open with introduction of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Titan-3/Centaur (Titan 3E) launch vehicle scheduled for its maiden flight from Pad 41 sometime in January or February, 1974.

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Air Transport

747SP Buy to Sway 70s Choices

Third competitor in trijet size wide-body market points to new implications in airlines’ choice of aircraft this decade

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Special Report: Advanced Aircraft Research and Planning

Fund Cut Slows Advanced Engine Work

Progress in propulsion technology indicates that future supersonic transports will be economically viable and probably as profitable as commercial subsonic transports.
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Space Technology

Comet Kohoutek Gets Skylab Priority

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Special Report: Advanced Aircraft Research and Planning

Development of Liquid-Hydrogen Scramjet Key to Hypersonic Flight

Development of practical airbreathing, hydrogen-fueled scramjet engines is the key to hypersonic flight. Airbreathing hypersonic aircraft can be expected to enter service before the end of this century. These are the opinions of John V. Becker, who heads the hypersonic vehicles division at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Langley Research Center.
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Business Flying

New Marketing Group Set for Cheyenne

Lock Haven, Pa.—Piper Aircraft Corp. will market its new turboprop-powered corporate transport, the Cheyenne 3 IT, through six new companies owned and operated by its present distributor organizations. The new companies, which will be located strategically throughout the continental U. S., also will be responsible for the marketing and support of the Pressurized Navajo.

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