The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 13, 1949 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, September 13, 1949
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_ TUESDAY. SEPTEMBER 13, 19« Strike Curtails Road Building Several Arkonsai Mayors Report Lull in Business LITTLE ROCK. Sept. 13. (ipi— A major portion of Arkansas' multimillion dollar highway construction program has been reported halted by the Missouri Pacific strike. Bill Slmmnkcr, ssslstan' highway department engineer, said that several of the stale's plants are located on the Missouri Pacific and cannot operate because It would be too expensive to mov" materials In and out by truck. "Sand and gravel shipments also have been halted In many areas" he said, "and It really 1 5 hurting " The Arkansas Democrat satd that a poll of mayors of major Arkansas JKIes located on the Missouri Pa- ^Jflc "pointed out that an early settlement of the strike Is imperative to the livelihood of these com- munUles." Mayor H. O. Walker of Newport said business has slowed to a wal'c " He reported hia city wa» in the mlds of a construction boom but "the city Is prcUy dead right now Newport Is the terminal for the White River Division and 100 railroad workers have been laid off But the city has been hardest hi'. In Its building program because material coming In over the railroad has been stopped." Mayor Jim Fletcher reported "everything Is tied up in Bald Knob because of the'strike. He said mail is arriving "haphazardly." Mayor Harney Chaney of Bates- vllle said his city's paving work has been halted by the strike. Some fear for gasoline supplies In rice growing areas have been expressed, but a spokesman for a major oil company said here today ileps are being taken to meet the need with trucks. Lawrence E. Matthews. Arkansas railway mail service head, said that 11 trucks ot the 26-foot boxcar type have been put In service to handle mall. They will serve Texarkana Fort Smith, Russellville and Walnut Ridge from Little Rock, Gurdon and B3 Dorado. McOehee and Natchez, Miss., Monroe, La., and Warren, Ark. Slot Machine Lists Now Available to Law £ntorcement Officers WASHINGTON. Sept, IS. CAP) — Law officers looking for Illegal slot machines got an assist from the federal government today. The internal revenue bureau published, a list of special tax collections winch Included taxes on slot machines—some of which probably are operated in violation of local laws There Is no federal law against the machines. These lists are available to interested citizens as well as law enforcement officers. They contain the name and address of the operator of each coin operated gaming or amusement device that federal agents have taxed. In some communities the operation of such device* are illegal but the government collects a tax regardless—if the agents find the de- BLYTHEVTLLE (ARK.V COURIER Air Force Turns Back For New Plane Designs PAGE SEVEN THE ItAIDKK: XC-125 looks like an old Ford Irl-molor, with some shrewd new Wu In iU R>' DOUGLAS NKA Mlaff Correspondent WASHINGTON —(NBA)— A look al two of the Air Force's newest planes may make you think aviation is going backwards. And the simple fact Is that the experts have reached back Into aviation history to find some "revolutionary" Ideas for the air transportation of ground troops. II all started when the Army complained to the Air Force that its aircraft needs were being sadly neglcc' 1 at the expense of the development of super fast jets and giant intercontinental bombers. Heading the Army's plea for some better means than parachutes and gliders for getting troops into combat from the air, the Air,Force appealed to the aviation • industry. Of the ideas Hint resulted, the two that at first glance seemed most ridiculous have now proved to be among the most practical. The Northrop Company offered what at first glance seemed to be the funniest idea of all, its "Pioneer." it was almost an exact copy of an olri Ford tri-motor, but with some shrewd ideas in its design. The old tri-motor was the aviation sensation of the '20's, but has since become a museum piece. * • « When Northrop's engineers began explaining their antique-looking plan, the Air Force experts' laughs turned to amazement. Its old fashioned Hxed landing gear is lighter and stronger'Hum the new retractable gear. The old-fashioned hieh wing makes for greater stability and slower landing. Three motors with one in the center of the fuselage makes for more efficient flieht. Morcver. the' plane could be pro- ducedcheaply and quickly, it could be easily fitted with skis for arctic use and noals for water landing. The lail could easily be Jacked up and a rump lowered through Hie opening for easy loading. Alter that sales talk, the Air Force ordered Northrop to build J3 experimental models, numbei- ed the plane the XC-125 and named it the -Raider." It has a wing span of 87 feet. The first one has already down successfully. Jnst as the old Ford tri-motor used to land in any cow pasture to pick up sightseers and give them a ride at one cent a pound, so can the Raider land in any kind of a cow pasture and at amazingly slow speeds. Other details of this ancient-looking aircraft are being kept a secret. The second plane which the experts now think has great possibilities looks like the old flying boats which airlines used on first overseas flights. Actually, It Is a modified glider which was declared obsolete several years ago. With two motors it is now called the C-123. . Co.. which designed and bulk the I original glider model, the plane looks like a waddling duck built | too close to the ground. But Its outward appearances are deceptive as far as its troop-carrying performances are concerned. Its construction Ls to simple and cheap, It is almost considered expendable. Top speed is 232 miles per hour, fast for a cargo plane Its glider ting is extremely efficient and makes for slow safe landings! H can carry a 155-mm howitzer and one truck, 60 fully-equipped trooops or 50 llttel patients. Wing span is 110 feet'and length Is n feet. ] In addition to special gear, which I makes loading the plane very easy it has numerous special safety fea- j tuics. The piolt Is safe form minor j accidents as a result of a steel j cage built above the load and consequently isn't crushed by heavy cargo In the case of a belly landing or a mishap, which may occur in landing troops near a battle. field, j Both the C-123 and the XC-125 have good possibilities for commercial use. JTHE CHASE C-123 loo ks like a waddlln. duck, bal outward vices. Illinois has the largest number of machines on the U.S. list—6,961. A codicil Is a change in a will. Red 'Cross water safety experts in the Far East have trained 711 water safety Instructors and 1,080 senior life savers among U. s. occupation troops. A monthly average of 14oOu American Red Cross volunteers gave 1,010.000 hours ol service I members of the armed forces Us f | You ought to be driving a a Beauty Ail tts Pirn! Th ere's an unmistakable slump of ilislinclinn about the new Ponliar. Tl>, beamy from llic from and ii'a a beauty from the rear! ' itS ', Silver Streak" rI) ng lloue, , g-j,, cilv , r ,fn c , on ,|, c hi , Sfc« "rl J • ^ curI) ->-°" ^'T' '""mediately tt»l it's a I'on.iac and .v, J inwg iw> 3fH.finl among automoliitcx. ? I! 1 " l the to ami If for beauty, for performance anil for tlmiftht etflti r;i America! 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