July 27, 1959


Mohawk Shows Good Stol Capability


Miles Proposes Executive Student Jet

Aeroflot Faces Jet Airport Problems


Mohawk Shows Good Stol Capability

Bethpage, N. Y.—First Army turboprop aircraft, the Grumman YAO-1 Mohawk tactical observation plane, demonstrated good short field and low altitude performance at the company’s Peconic River facility. The two-place twin-engine aircraft, intended for rough field operation, will carry aerial cameras, side-looking radar or infrared mapping equipment for its tactical observation mission.


Miles Proposes Executive Student Jet

Paris—Lightweight, rugged and compact, the side-by-side, single-engine Miles Student jet trainer is a docile, easy to fly airplane capable of operating into small fields, a flight evaluation by AVIATION WEEK showed. Designed primarily as an economical military and airline-pilot trainer by F. G. Miles, Ltd., of Shoreham Airport, Sussex, England, the little Student— empty weight is but 2,400 lb.; maximum overload, 3,900 lb.—is being considered for a secondary role as a four-place sport-executive airplane.


Aeroflot Faces Jet Airport Problems

Moscow—Aeroflot’s expanding jet transport fleet and international operations are forcing major operational changes ranging from ground handling equipment through landing aids, airport terminal facilities and runway construction.

Space Technology

Liquid Hydrogen Nears Operational Status

Columbus, Ohio—Liquid hydrogen is now ready to take its place as an operational propellant, scientists and engineers learned at the American Rocket Society’s propellant thermodynamics and handling conference at Ohio State University.


Altitude Radar Cuts Controller Workload

New York—More precise control of aircraft in terminal areas by the addition of accurate and automatic altitude information to the displays of conventional airport surveillance radars will be studied by the Federal Aviation Agency.

Space Technology

Navy Bids to Capture Major Space Role

Three-service ‘military space command’ proposed; plan may touch off new Defense Department row.



If what he stated was true, ". . . taken just about enough,” it's a good thing Clarence (Clarence N. Sayen, Air Line Pilots Assn, president) canceled his subscription when he did (AW May 25, p. 150). If he had read the blast dealt by Mr. Ouesada (AW June 29, p. 81), he would not only cancel his AVIATION WEEK subscription but he might even tell his mother.

Blue Streak Keys British Space Effort


Possibilities for Gross Error

As the Berlin crisis festers like a boil, growing more tender and closer to eruption with the passing of each fruitless week in Geneva, the possibilities of a nuclear war through major miscalculation becomes more likely. We know that the United States will not take the first step in precipitating nuclear war, and we seriously doubt whether the leaders of the Soviet Union would deliberately take this action at this time if they were fully aware of its consequences.

Space Technology

Centaur Space Engine Components Fired in Test Program

West Palm Beach, Fla.—Thrust chambers for the first U. S. liquid hydrogen rocket engine have been firing here since early spring in the rapid development of a new type powerplant that already is earmarked for a variety of specific military and civilian space missions.

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