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New NAEC Publication Highlights Aerospace

Aerospace Highlights, a new book of unusual facts and figures about the aviation and space worlds, has just been published by NAEC. It provides 54 pages of entertainment and information for all ages of readers; and includes interesting, illustrated facts and figures about general aviation, air transportation, space exploration, military flying, research and development, and the aerospace industry. The contents of the book comprise short stories and brief facts selected from NAEC's Skylights, full-page, cartoon-type illustrations from Aerospace (a publication of the Aerospace Industries Association) as well as up-dated charts, graphs and statistics from the Air Transport Association, the Federal Aviation Agency, NAA, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, etc., giving information of general interest. This two-color book is available from NAEC, 1025 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington 6, D. C. at 50 cents a copy upon publication as part of the regular membership service.

Books and Things

Total indirect costs of Federal research grants in colleges and universities in fiscal year 1962 amounts to $83 million. The National Science Foundation says current reimbursement practices make it necessary for these institutions to contribute $36 million of this total.

The first American gas turning engine specifically designed for helicopter––the Lycoming T-53––has been placed in the National Air Museum at the Smithsonian Institution.

American Airlines' Flagship Management Club at Chicago presented a $250 scholarship award to David E. Smith, 17-year-old son of an AA pilot. David entered Purdue University last month to major in engineering. He's a graduate of Downer's Grove (Ill.) Community High School.

Air Force officers representing 13 nations have been enrolled in University of Southern California's flying Safety Officers Class. Twenty-three military "students" receive 120 hours of instruction, 91 hours in accident prevention and investigation, and 30 hours in aero physiology, psychology and education (communications).

Braniff Airways has demonstrated its faith in college students by making available special no-deposit student credit cards good for travel anywhere on its system. The move is designed to encourage students to make trips between home and school by air.

Parks Air College "Aeronautics Bulletin" features information and background data on the Supersonic Transport. It is distributed free.

French industry urges educational changes, according. to a report in France Actuelle, April issue. The plea centers about the nation's lag in the nuclear age. They "favor less theoretical training and would place more stress on practical application of knowledge to realities of today."

Support of a training program at ten universities will start next September as NASA's effort to swell the supply of scientists and engineers for the national space effort. Each university will train 10 predoctoral graduate students as part of the first year's experimental program. Students selected will get a $2,400 grant and up to $1,000 for approved expenses.

Henry J.E. Reid, Jr., H. Douglas Garner and James S. Albus, received NASA awards of $1,000 each, for inventions important to advancement of space technology.

NASA and the Atomic Energy Commission have designated Jackass Flats area as the Nuclear Rocket Development Station. It will be under NASA-AEC joint management and direction.

Hopes for a 1,200,000-pound thrust engine to power the Nova launch vehicle and the NASA moon flight, center about the successful development of liquid-hydrogen-fueled engine. NASA continues to explore the potential with the Aerojet-General Corporation.

Recording of an astronaut's heartbeat should be easier as the USAF Aerospace Medical Laboratory perfects a new transistorized amplifier for use in recording electro-cardiograms in space vehicles.

Silver medals honoring John H. Glenn, Jr., are now available as permanent mementos of country's first manned orbital flight. Medals are available from The Medalists, 2424 East Franklin St., Minneapolis 6, Minn., in nickel silver for $1.25 and $3.75 each for sterling silver. They are the third of a series honoring American space achievements.

Twenty-six thousand glass lenses by Kopp Glass, Inc., will shortly transmit distinct and accurate light signals from new glide slope indicators being installed at U.S. world air bases.

Aerospace Books Offered Members at Discount Prices!
Arrangements have been made with the Aerospace Book Club for NAA members to purchase selections at the same prices as Club members. Send order with full payment to following address, indicating you are a member of NAA:
618 Mills Building
Washington 6, D.C.
by Maj. Gene Gurney, USAF. Introduction by Genera. Thomas S. Power, retail $4.95, member's price $3.95. The fascinating story of the B-29.
by John F. Loosbrock and Richard M. Skinner, 620 pages, retail $5.95, member's price $4.95. A 42-year accumulation of the best writing and thinking of American airpower selected from AIR FORCE/SPACE DIGEST.
by Dr. Frank Futrell, professor of military history at the Air University, retail $12.50, member's price $7.25. A giant 800 page history of US airpower in action in Korea, giving details of unit actions and achievements with 59 photographs and 26 maps.
- AIR BOMBARDMENT: The Story of its Development
Air Marshal Sir Robert Soundby. Retail $5. Member's price $3.95. Traces  the growth of air bombardment, the new third dimension of warfare. Describes the tentative and inconclusive use of the bomber in World War I, and the effectiveness of the strategic air offensives against Germany and Japan in World War II; limited use of Weapons in Korean War; uneasy stalemate of the long-range bomber and guided missiles of today.
Compiled, edited by Editors of Air Force Magazine. Retail $5.00, member's price $3.50. Important new book is the record of the trail blazers. Contributors like Gen. Doolittle, Gen. White, Dr. Strughold discuss the mission and shape of future space weapons, and how to get man himself into space.
by Richard Hubler, retail $4.50, member's price $2.95. Fast-paced, exciting novel about man's search for the meaning of things in the new air age, about a fighter pilot, soldier of fortune, test pilot.
by John L. Chapman, retail $4.00, member's price $3.25. The full story of America's first intercontinental ballistic missile, from its beginning to the 16,000-mile-an-hour, 6,300-mile-long leap from Cape Canaveral.


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