February 19, 1979

Aviation Week Pilot Report

Sikorsky S-76 Stresses Performance

Strategic Balance

Soviets Developing Two Bombers, Extending Range of Backfire

Avionics

Mitre Guides Defense C3 Revolution

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Aviation Week Pilot Report

Sikorsky S-76 Stresses Performance

Las Vegas—Stability, performance, vibration and interior noise levels equivalent to fixed-wing aircraft are evident in the Sikorsky S-76 utility and corporate helicopter that is entering service with Air Logistics, Inc., this month.

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Strategic Balance

Soviets Developing Two Bombers, Extending Range of Backfire

USSR moves raise questions in Administration of SALT ceilings covering strategic delivery vehicles, MIRVs

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Avionics

Mitre Guides Defense C3 Revolution

Bedford, Mass.—Mitre Corp. occupies a unique position in the world of command, control and communications (C3), with a primary role of supporting the development and acquisition of advanced military and civil systems and hardware. From its origin in the late 1950s as an independent, non-profit, public-interest corporation, established to address requirements of integrating air defense systems, Mitre has maintained a very special relationship with the Defense Dept.

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Space Technology

Scientists Study Venusian Data

Moffett Field, Calif.—Scorched surface of Venus may be scarred by a giant rift valley larger than any such feature on earth and comparable to the Valles Marineris on Mars. This was the tentative interpretation by geologists of radar mapping data obtained by the Pioneer Venus orbiter during early passes around the planet, according to Gordon Pettengill, Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientist who heads the radar mapper experimenter team for this mission.

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Air Transport

National Bidding Scheme Sparks Dissension

Carrier’s proposal spurs counterproposal from Eastern that calls latest plan loaded in Pan American’s favor

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Space Technology

Voyager 1 Readied for Jupiter Encounter Next Month

Pasadena, Calif.—NASA’s Voyager 1 has been primed for an encounter with Jupiter and several Jovian moons in March, and scientists believe the vehicle and its twin spacecraft will provide a wealth of data about the planet despite numerous problems that have plagued the Voyager mission since 1977.

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Management

European Firms Seek Skilled Workers

Brussels—European aerospace companies are experiencing a surge in manpower needs, especially for engineers and skilled technicians, as major multinational coproduction programs—including the Airbus Industrie A300 wide-body transport and the Panavia Tornado multirole combat aircraft—enter full production.
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Missile Engineering

Air Force Seeks New Hydraulic Systems

Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio—Severe performance requirements of cruise missiles and the need to anticipate future aircraft design requirements are driving development of new hydraulic system materials for Air Force use. Programs being carried out by the fluids, lubricants and elastomers branch of the Air Force Materials Laboratory’s Nonmetallic Materials Div. aim toward development of:

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Air Transport

Western Deplores Merger Opposition

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Air Transport

Noise Funding Shift to Carriers Urged

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