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March 4, 1974

Aeronautical Engineering

Vfw-614 Seeks to Ease Pilot Transition

Safety

Board in Massachusetts Reports on Logan Accident

Avionics

Mobile Usaf Radar Now in Production

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Aeronautical Engineering

Vfw-614 Seeks to Ease Pilot Transition

Bremen, Germany—Series of aerodynamic improvements to the VFW-614 short-haul jet transport, now facing a crucial year that will determine its world sales posture, has made the aircraft an uncomplicated vehicle that should pose no problems in pilot transition.

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Safety

Board in Massachusetts Reports on Logan Accident

At about 11:08 a. m. EDT, on July 31, 1973, Delta Air Lines Flight 723, a DC-931, N975NE, crashed while making an instrument approach on Runway 4R at the Boston-Logan Airport. The airplane struck a stone seawall 4,250 ft. short of the glideslope touchdown point, 150 ft. to the right of the centerline extended and 225 ft. below the electronically defined and prescribed glide path.
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Avionics

Mobile Usaf Radar Now in Production

Bedford, Mass.—Recent award of an $18.3-million contract for production of seven USAF/Raytheon AN/TPN-19 transportable landing control central systems culminates an exhaustive test program that successfully bridged a major transition in procurement philosophy.

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Air Transport

British to Initiate Shuttle Service

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Aeronautical Engineering

Aim-7f Testing Pushed to Provide F-15 Armament

Washington—Defense Dept. is pressing to complete the second phase of initial operational test and evaluation of the Raytheon AIM-7F Sparrow air-to-air missile by mid-May in time for a June Defense Systems Acquisition Review Council, which could recommend full-scale production for the missile.

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Special Report: Aerospace Materials Shortages

Widespread Scarcities Haunting Industry

Oil embargo aggravated existing shortages and lengthened lead-times; no improvement seen in the foreseeable future

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Air Transport

Domestic Fare Confusion Mounts

Carriers file diverse proposals, but CAB still must choose between a temporary surcharge or permanent flat increases

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Space Technology

Sl-4 Further Enriches Skylab Data Trove

Houston—Operational phase of the Skylab program has ended with the recent completion of the 84-day SL-4 mission, but the task of reaping full benefit from the vast amounts of data returned by the three flight crews is just beginning. Splashdown of the SL-4 crew Feb. 8 brought to a close nearly nine months of continuous operations with the Skylab orbital workshop cluster, which was launched May 14, 1973 (AW&ST May 21, 1973, p. 12).

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Space Technology

Skylab Underscores Man's Adaptability

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Space Technology

Alternative Spacecraft Studied for Cometary Flyby Mission

Leading candidate for a comet flyby mission at the end of the decade continues to be a solar-electric-propulsion spacecraft, but an alternative is under study for using a hybrid of a German Helios and a U. S. Orbiting Solar Observatory. The alternative proposed by a Goddard Space Flight Center group calls for a pair of spacecraft bolted together at launch and separated for slow flybys through the coma and the tail of the comet Encke during its 1980 perihelion approach to the sun.
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