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August 22, 1977

NATO’s New Challenge

Airborne Warning Crucial Alliance Issue

Space Technology

Orbiter Responsive in Free Flight

Avionics

Onboard Windshear Monitor Developed

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NATO’s New Challenge

Airborne Warning Crucial Alliance Issue

Brussels —Force composition and quick deployment of airborne early warning systems are considered by North Atlantic Treaty Organization officials as among the most critical issues to face the alliance in recent years. U. S. is pressing NATO for a decision on the USAF/Boeing E-3A aircraft in time for a ministerial meeting here in December.

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Space Technology

Orbiter Responsive in Free Flight

Edwards AFB, Calif.—Space shuttle orbiter Enterprise, with astronauts Fred W. Haise, Jr., and C. Gordon Fullerton at the controls, separated smoothly from its Boeing 747 carrier aircraft when launched on its first free flight test here, and exhibited crisp handling characteristics as the two crewmen flew a tight pattern to an unpowered landing on the Rogers Dry Lakebed 5 min. 23 sec. later.

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Avionics

Onboard Windshear Monitor Developed

New York—New cockpit device conceived by a 26-year-veteran Flying Tiger Line captain offers the possibility of giving a pilot adequate onboard indication of windshear conditions during landing. Capt. John H. Bliss, the inventor, told AVIATION WEEK & SPACE TECHNOLOGY that his airborne windshear system automates the procedure he has been using since Flying Tiger installed inertial navigation systems in its aircraft.

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Safety

Board Assays Alaska Runway Overrun

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Management

Gao Wary of Multinational F-16 Pace

Washington—USAF/General Dynamics F-16 fighter aircraft program, despite major progress in resolving most production requirements, is behind schedule in a portion of the multinational program and may have additional cost increases, according to the General Accounting Office.

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Air Transport

Skytrain Spurs Iata Fares Reduction

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Management

Soviet Defense Evades Economic Strains

Washington—Soviet Union’s current and projected economic difficulties, fed by a slowdown in annual growth and a looming oil shortage, will have no immediate effect on its massive military enhancement program, according to a study conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Editorial

Assessing Soviet Intentions

… The best way to begin an assessment of what the Soviets may be up to and why, is to find out what it is that the Soviets have been saying to themselves; to take their own heavy-going military literature and manuals with the modicum of seriousness which we now know we ought to have accorded Hitler’s Mein Kampf.
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Air Transport

Stretched European 737 Studied

Boeing discussing development rights for advanced version of transport with consortium, participation in marketing

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Management

Foreign Arms Sales Hampered Defense Capability, Gao Says

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