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Naval Aviation News - May 1949

Naval Aviation News - May 1949

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Published by: CAP History Library on Nov 03, 2011
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NAVAL
AVIATlO'N
NEWS
MAY1949No.25
IDE
THE
U
N1'll.
fairlyrecently,aviationhasprogressed.
at
a.
steadyrate.In1906theaircraftspeedrecmdwascoppedby:agentnamedSantos-Dumoriewho
flew
25mph.Forthenext50-oddyearsaircraftspeeds
increased
atapproximately14
mph
ayear.
Some
yearsthegainwas'a
I
ittlehigher,somealittletower,butthe14
mph
yearly
average
prevailed.
Themilitaryaviationindustrybecametunedtothisregularadvance.Therewereadequateinstrumentsforthelatestplanetypes.Structuresstayedabr-east
ef
powerplants.
Na;vigfltional
aidsandtechniquesmetthechallengeofincreasing_rangesandspeeds,andthewholeofaviationmovedforwardasaunit.Inthe
Nary.
whenanewaircrafttypewentinto
production,
therealready
was
acarrierreadytotakeitaboard.Thewholeprocesswasorderlyandeffec-tive.Itremainedsoeventhroughthelastwar.DevelopmentsinallbranchesofIndustrycontinuedapace.But
at
the
war's
end
something
wasamiss.Rocketand
jet
propulsionsuddenlyhadappearedon
WLD
JET
thesceneandputthewholeindustryoutoftune.In195.9,whena
sp-eed
recordof470mphwasestabHshed,engineerspredictedthataircraftspeedswouldgoverylittlehigher.Peoplebegan
to
hear
ofasoniegardct:ha:vingsometbingtodowithtopspeedofaircraft.
P
rope
J.1
ered
planescoo
lei
notexpecttopenetratethisdrag-heavy,unpredfctableandpossiblydangerousspeedl:a.nge..Butin1-949jet-peopelledaircrafthadmovedtheoffici-aIworld's.
speed
recordupto610mph,andanAirForcerocket-poweredplanewasreportedtohaveachievedaspeedsomehundredsofmilesfasterthan
the
speed
ofsound.
Jets
were
aboardcarriersandeverymajotmilitarypower
in
theworldwasrapidlyshiftjngtotheDew·typepOlwer
plant
It
madeaveryfinemachine.But
it
badpushedpowel'plantprogresstoofarand
tOQ
fastforotherbranchesofaviation,Of
course,
the
jet
asis,isalongstrideintherightdirection..Its-performance
is
somewhat
hampered
by
thelackofmodernfacilitiesfor
its
newproblems.
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