European Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Jun 2 1968, Page 7

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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - June 2, 1968, Darmstadt, HesseJune 2, 1968 the stars and stripes transport of future under study by air Force a soft Jet Jim Kimii i artistic rendering of the vertical Short take off plane Visto being considered by the air Force. Washington is air Force plan ners Are Busy looking for the Light trans port air plane of the air Force says it wants a combat air transport to replace the c123 and aug ment or replace the c130 by the mid-1970s or earlier that does not need runways Hasa 300 to 400-knot airspeed a payload of 10 to 20 tons and a radius of at least 250nautical Miles. Air Force chief of staff general John said most of these air planes Are reaching the end of their first line life and now require extensive repair and further modification just to perform their present types of planes Are now under study to fit the new package and the air Force Hopes to find out by the end of the sum Mer which Type is Best for its is called a vertical Short take off and Landing Vistol and the other Short take off and Landing Stol air one could become what the air Force Calls its Light Intra theater trans port lit in defining the role of the Intra theater transport air Force planners say it will fill the Gap Between the intercontinental runways of the giant c5a Galaxy and the helicopter pads. When the new plane arrives either As Austol of Stol the air Force says it will radically change the ability to move Menand supplies around the Battle area and will have As great an Impact As the chop pers have brought to Battlefield mobility. The technique of both Vistol and Sto aircraft is not new the air Force explains. Both types of air planes have been flown inthe . And in Europe. As an example the air Force has five models of the tilt Wing xc142, while the British have a Vistol harrier fighter. Berets plan exercise this july it. Bragg . Special the army special forces will conduct a month Long training exercise in the White Mountain National Forest and adjacent areas of new Hampshire Dur no exercise called labor rail ii will involve about 300men and is designed to test the Union ventral warfare techniques f the 3rd special forces group airborne stationed Here. Union ventral warfare opera ions Are conducted within enemy territory and include guerrilla warfare escape and Eva Sion subversion and internal defense development. The Green berets will establish heir exercise Headquarters North of Berlin . Washington up presi Dent Johnson has named air Force Marine corps and Navy units for special recognition for heroic service in 26th Marine regt of the 3rd Marine div was cited for extraordinary heroism during the first three months of the year in the enemy seige of Khe Sanh. It will receive the presidential unit citation at a White House presidential unit citations were awarded to the Delta River patrol group under Navy command for heroic action from May 9,1966, through june 30, 1967, in the Mekong Delta Region on South presidential unit citation went to the 602nd fighter so for its search and Rescue missions under highly Hazard Ous conditions Between july 1, 1965, and june 30, 1966. Ida of left he flight Marietta a. Up Leo John Sullivan will be cruising i Down a runway one hot Georgia Fiat in june and May decide i then and there to turn a dry run the Maiden voyage of the world s largest plane. We be left it to the discretion lot Leo said Lee Poore lock i need Georgia vice president Andi program manager for the firm s i to Galaxy. Sullivan is the chief Engineer Ling test Pilot of Lockheed Ugia. He and four other Pilot engineers will to the Only persons aboard the Gigantic Jet when it takes its maid at Havon 1 so 1 an exact of talc Lisl right Poore a because we Don t wantin put any pressure psychologist otherwise l m the flight first step 51. � the first step to jul flight wil1 is some Between june 20-23, Poore stories it cos Good and others Foel that Lhnn u by 11 g0 i r Oul forum first time March the plane has cargo space capable of holding six buses. Lockheed Georgia is building 58 of the 728,000-Pound planes f o r the air Force giving the United states the capability of Airlift ing formidable military forces to any part of the Globe on Short notice. Delivery of the first plane to the air Force is scheduled for june 1969. The pre flight tests or tax runs will last several Days. The c5 will cruise along the runway slowly at first. Then the Speed will be increased to about 115miles per hour to Check the effect and reactions of system Sand the plane s dynamics. Poore said when All system match or exceed design require ments the c5 will be ready for flight. The first flight will last from30 to 50 minutes and the pilots will keep Clear of heavily popu lated areas Poore said. The flight will be confined to a Maxi mum Altitude of 10,000 feet and air Speed will be held to about212 . The plane s Maiden lightweight will be 500,000 pounds which includes fuel and ballast. Lockheed s runways Are 10,000feet Long but Poore said the c5 probably will use Only about half that distance in Landing and taking off because of its 28 land ing wheels. Poore said he did not believe Loise generated by the c5 s jets would be any greater than the plane s predecessor the c141 Star lifter As far As the Decibel rating is concerned i d like to be on that first flight Poore said. So would about 100 other people i a on the prowl this formidable looking crafts one of three sk5 assault air Cushion vehicles act just delivered to the army by Bell Aero systems co. The armed and armoured sk5s can reach speeds of 70 . And can be used for amphibious assaults search and Rescue transportation or patrol and logistic support Overland water mud Snow and Marsh. The com Pany Calls them a big improvement Over earlier acts. The Craft accommodate a 7-Man Crew and Are equipped with three Mai

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