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December 17, 1973

Safety

Ntsb Cites Crew Action in Midway Crash

Aeronautical Engineering

Fuel Shortages Spur Hydrogen Interest

Aeronautical Engineering

C-5 Saves Military Services Costs, Fuel

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Safety

Ntsb Cites Crew Action in Midway Crash

(Following are extracts from the first part of a National Transportation Safety Board report on the Dec. 8, 1972, crash of a United Air Lines Boeing 737-222 on approach to Chicago’s Midway Airport. One of the passengers who died in the crash was Mrs. E. Howard Hunt, wife of one of the principals in the Watergate investigation.
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Aeronautical Engineering

Fuel Shortages Spur Hydrogen Interest

Hampton, Va.—National Aeronautics and Space Administration is considering modification of two Lockheed C-141 jet transports into hydrogen-powered testbeds as one of a number of steps to find an alternate to fossil-based fuels. The action is indicative of industry-wide concern over the dwindling availability of current aviation fuels.

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Aeronautical Engineering

C-5 Saves Military Services Costs, Fuel

Scott AFB, III.—USAF/Lockheed C-5 heavy logistics transport’s outsize cargo capacity and capability of lifting dense objects is permitting the Military Airlift Command to reduce the services’ cost of shipping bulky items and the amount of fuel needed to fulfill the command’s mission requirements.

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Middle East War

Egypt Assesses Lessons of October War

Cairo—Egyptian military commanders are suggesting their country is now better equipped to fight a sustained war with Israel than it was before the start of the latest conflict on Oct. 6, as a result of the heavy influx of resupplies from the Soviet Union and the high morale of Egyptian troops.

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Air Transport

Irish Airline to Stress Passenger Service

Dublin-Revitalization of passenger service will be among the primary tasks upon which the next chief executive of Aer Lingus-Irish will concentrate first. David M. Kennedy, who has been designated to replace Michael J. Dargan as top officer of the Irish national airline when Dargan retires next Mar. 31, believes that, in the intensive cost-cutting activities of the last two years (AW&ST NOV. 26, p. 32), attention on service standards was allowed to wander.

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NATO Requirements

Mobility, Flexibility Needs Cited By Nato

Brussels—Urgent need for increased mobility and command flexibility last week forced the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to start a major restructuring of its air command setup by forming a single headquarters. The new unit will be called Allied Air Forces Central Europe (AAFCENT) and signals a return to a command function abandoned several years ago in favor of a command merger with land forces.

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Avionics

Universal Landing System Plans Vary

Washington—Microwave landing system programs described here for the first time by representatives of their four sponsoring countries exhibit a variety of approaches to a proposed “universal” MLS for the future. The four systems, along with other approaches being developed by U. S. contractor teams (see box, p. 48), will compete for adoption in 1975 by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as an international standard.

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Air Transport

Fuel Cuts Scramble Caribbean Outlook

New York—Airline planning for the U. S. winter travel season in the sun has the same kind of firmness at this point as the porous, mobile sands of the famous beaches the airlines are trying to sell. Between the low tide of an impending fuel shortage and the high tide of a cold northern winter that might drive travelers south like migrating ducks, U. S. trunk carriers are maintaining a posture of cautious optimism.

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Air Transport

Airlines Face Fuel-short Holiday

Industry braces for Christmas traffic surge, struggles to keep schedule patterns profitable during following off peak season

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Space Technology

Pioneer 10 Probes Space Beyond Jupiter

Scientists expect hardy spacecraft to continue sending data from interplanetary medium for perhaps six more years

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