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December 13, 1976

Editorial

Laurels for 1976

Management

Israel Arms Exports Spur Concern

F-15 Coproduction

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Editorial

Laurels for 1976

Here are the people we think made significant contributions to the aerospace world during 1976: ■ Bill Lear for his ebullience and courage at the tender age of 74 in designing a new business jet aircraft and organizing a production program to build it, and his technical perception in once again stealing a march on his competitors with a new trend.

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Management

Israel Arms Exports Spur Concern

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F-15 Coproduction

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Aeronautical Engineering

Full-Scale Development F-16A in First Flight

USAF/General Dynamics first F-16A full-scale development air combat fighter made its initial flight here Dec. 8 with company test pilot Neil R. Anderson at the controls. The aircraft had rolled out here Oct. 20 (AW&ST Oct. 25, p. 19). The 1-hr. 10-min. first flight included a climb to 15,000 ft., where the landing gear was cycled and Anderson operated the Pratt & Whitney F100-PW100 turbofan at a variety of throttle settings to evaluate engine response performance at that altitude, attaining a maximum speed during the first flight of Mach 0.9 and maneuvering the airplane through 3g.
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Management

Senate Unit Sets Falcon 20G Hearings

Washington —Senate Commerce Committee is awaiting a reply from the Transportation Dept. and the U. S. Coast Guard to its request that a contract award to DassaultBreguet/Falcon Jet Corp. for 41 Falcon 20G medium-range surveillance aircraft be delayed until oversight hearings are conducted.
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Management

Northrop Plans Advanced F-5 Versions

Hawthorne, Calif.—Northrop Corp. has passed a major milestone in its F-5/T-38 fighter/trainer program with delivery of the 3,000th aircraft to the U. S. Air Force, and is projecting continued production of advanced versions of the design through 1987.

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Aeronautical Engineering

NATO Weighs Reengining of E-3 AWACS

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Management

Grumman Units Sued in Iran F-14 Sale

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Management

British Tank Deal With Iran in Jeopardy

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Management

NATO Warned of Soviet Weapon Gains

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