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September 5, 1977

Aeronautical Engineering

F-18 Blends Advanced Fighter Concepts

Management

Navy Restudies Carrier Options

Air Transport

Continental Readying Pacific Service

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Aeronautical Engineering

F-18 Blends Advanced Fighter Concepts

Los Angeles—F-18 Hornet multimission strike fighter McDonnell Douglas and Northrop are developing for the U. S. Navy is a blend of advanced concepts that have evolved from the latest fighter design efforts at both companies. The single-seat, twin-engine F-18 will be used by the Navy as a carrier-based fighter for fleet air defense, and an A-18 version, with ground attack as its primary mission, will be built for the Navy’s interdiction and close air support missions.

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Management

Navy Restudies Carrier Options

Service expects to respond to congressional request for data by February; major aircraft decisions at stake

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Air Transport

Continental Readying Pacific Service

Los Angeles—Continental Airlines now is moving into a strong competitive position in the Pacific market after more than a decade of struggle to obtain South Pacific routes there and years of unprofitable operation by its affiliate, Air Micronesia, in the Pacific Trust Territory.

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Space Technology

Voyager 2 Boom Appears Operational

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Air Transport

Debate on Crew Size Reheats

Latest third pilot controversy centers on DC-9 Super 80; outcome of issue may have serious impact on aircraft sales

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Air Transport

European Traffic Slowed By Strikes, Slowdowns

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Management

Muzzled Defense Study Hearing Sought

Washington—Recent suppression of a major study on national defense by Senate staff members has led to a call for congressional hearings to investigate the Library of Congress’ Congressional Research Service and to determine whether collusion existed between some staffers of the legislative and executive branches of government.

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Aeronautical Engineering

Boeing Proposes 747 as Missile Launcher

Seattle—Boeing Aerospace Co. has proposed that it utilize the company-owned No. 1 747 transport to demonstrate the wide-body aircraft’s potential as a cruise missile launching platform. The company has suggested to USAF that it could modify the aircraft—a 747-100—to launch both the USAF/Boeing air-launched cruise missile (ALCM) and the air-launched version of the Navy/General Dynamics Tomahawk missile.

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Avionics

Diagnostic System Developed for F100

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Air Transport

Eastern A-300b Crew Training Started

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