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July 14, 1975

Safety

French Board Reports on Nantes Midair

Space Technology

Spacelab Simulation Tests Procedures

Air Transport

TWA, American On-Time Effort Pays Off

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Safety

French Board Reports on Nantes Midair

Date of accident: Mar. 5, 1973, at 1252 GMT (All times in this report are given in GMT.) Location: Over La Planche (Loire Atlantique), 25 km. s.e. of Nantes VOR (NTS) 47.02N 01.25W. Aircraft: (a) DC-9-30 EC-BII and (b) CV-99030A EC-BJC. Owners and operators: (a) Iberia Co. and (b) Spantax Co.
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Space Technology

Spacelab Simulation Tests Procedures

Moffett Field, Calif.—European and U. S. space officials and scientists conducted an airborne simulation of a manned space mission here recently to evaluate a method of reducing the cost of experiments to be flown during the Spacelab program.

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Air Transport

TWA, American On-Time Effort Pays Off

New York-Trans World Airlines and American Airlines have moved to the top of the Civil Aeronautics Board on-time list this summer as the result of campaigns within both carriers to reverse slumps into the trunk league cellar. TWA has been out to beat American for the lead in the standings this year after a bad 1974 record.

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Avionics

B-1 Antenna, Radome Tests Near End

Weed Patch, Calif.—Testing of antennas and radomes for the mission and traffic control and offensive avionics systems for the USAF/Rockwell International B-1 advanced bomber is expected to be completed here by fall. Thereafter, the focus of test activity at this facility, located in a remote corner of California’s Central Valley—renowned more for agriculture than technology— will shift to the complex of antennas and radomes planned for the bomber’s defensive systems (AW&ST Jan. 27, p. 96).
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Aeronautical Engineering

Mini-RPV Program Spawns Wide Range of Vehicles

Washington—Defense Dept.’s modestly funded miniature remotely piloted vehicles program, initiated only three years ago by the Advanced Research Projects Agency, has spawned a versatile family of vehicles for a variety of missions (AW&ST Mar. 4, 1974, p. 17).

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Special Report: Egypt

Battlefield Equation Changes Seen

Egyptian armed forces chief forecasts altered emphasis in roles of airborne ECM, tanks, helicopters, missiles

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Management

OMB Study Fails to Lure DOD, Navy to Add F-14s

Washington—Defense Dept, and the Navy are not considering procurement of additional Grumman F-14 fighters as an alternative to the McDonnell Douglas/Northrop F-18 air combat fighter despite an Office of Management and Budget (OMB) analysis that shows the F-14 and F-18 about equal in cost.

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Space Technology

Weather Eyed Sharply for ASTP Launch

Washington—Final pre-launch Apollo-Soyuz Test Project activities are centering on launch vehicle and spacecraft preparations at Tyuratam and the Kennedy Space Center where an unusually critical eye is being kept on the potential for weather interference with the planned July 15 3:50 p. m. EDT launch of the U. S. Saturn 1B.

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Aeronautical Engineering

Engine Woes Nag F-14 Fleet Introduction

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Air Transport

Trunk Traffic Increases in June

Gain of 1.62% in domestic scheduled service is indicating to some carriers slump has abated, growth may be returning

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