February 3, 1958


Lack of Alertness Cited in Airline Crash


Link Proposes Icbm Training Program


Weightlessness Crucial Spaceman Factor


Lack of Alertness Cited in Airline Crash

At 0001,1 Jan. 6, 1957, a Convair 240-0, N 94247, owned and operated by American Airlines, Inc., crashed during an instrument approach to Tulsa Municipal Airport, Tulsa, Okla. The accident resulted in fatal injuries to one of the 10 occupants, serious injuries to six and minor injuries to one.

Link Proposes Icbm Training Program

Binghamton, N. Y.—Program to develop a comprehensive training weapon system for a sophisticated missile weapon system is under way at Link Aviation, Inc. Link is proposing to the Martin Co., prime contractor of the Titan intercontinental ballistic missile, a method for setting up an integrated training program which runs the gamut of training devices from simple charts and film and classroom material to human engineering means of merging men and machines and to develop complex electronic missile evaluators.


Weightlessness Crucial Spaceman Factor

Holloman AFB, N. M.—Effect on man of prolonged weightlessness is the remaining crucial unknown in manned space flight programs, and definition of crew roles must wait until it is better defined, according to Col. John P. Stapp (AW Jan. 13, p. 27), Commander of USAF’s Aero Medical Field Laboratory here.


Usaf, Navy Talk Missile Program

New York—Series of steps leading from current capability to future space weapons was outlined in a progress report on the Air Force guided missile program, presented last week at the annual meeting of the Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences.

Space Is Booming, Meeting Crowds Show

New York—Bulging attendance at the American Astronautical Society’s annual meeting here last week and at sessions on advanced subjects such as gravity at the Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences meeting clearly indicated how space has captured technical as well as general interest in the U. S. Gravity sessions held in a ballroom seating 1,000 persons were besieged by 1,500 people who wanted to get in.

Usaf Secretaries Defend Budget Reins

Washington—Two top Air Force officials have spoken out in defense of the Administration’s policy of keeping defense spending under tight rein. USAF Secretary James H. Douglas admitted that in the pre-Sputnik area “some of our efforts to determine and control rates of expenditure for procurement were clumsy” and said “there are a few scars,” but he said “real benefits came out of this experience.”

How X-15 Will Double Man’s Mach Number

Inertial navigation system, thick blunt trailing edges are aids to exploration of new flight regime.

Igy Data Adds to Earth, Space Theories

Washington—New understanding of Earth and the space around it is emerging from data gathered during the first five months of the International Geophysical Year. Especially in studies of the upper atmosphere, these additions to man’s knowledge of his environment suggest potential improvements in the aeronautical and avionic arts.


Domestic Lines Dispute Cab Fare Offer

Washington — Domestic trunklines last week challenged a Civil Aeronautics Board offer to approve a temporary fare boost of 6.6% as “too little and, perhaps, too late.” Although the majority of the nation’s 12 domestic trunk carriers late last week had indicated their intention of accepting the Board’s invitation, the offer attracted no immediate rush of tariff filings for the increase.


Naca, the Logical Space Agency

Too often in recent history, the solution to acute national problems has been sought in the creation of complex new organizations that add to the federal payroll and bureaucracy but do little about the problems they were created to solve. Often, an economical and effective solution lies close at hand, but is so simple the top-level officials hesitate to even consider it.

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