The San Bernardino County Sun from San Bernardino, California on January 29, 1984 · Page 12
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What has four rotors and flies? The world's largest aircraft LAJCEHURST, N J. (API - Frd ml officUU bavt unvrllrd the miklagt of tbt orl4s largest aircraft, a lOatory high combination of blimp and bflicoptrr Intended to pluck timber from remote for- A congressional watchdog agency maintain!, however, tbt behemoth U1 wind up aa a 140 million whltt elephant when flubbed In aeveral year. Tbt HellSut wUI bt 10 itorlea high, 43 feet longer than a football field and wider than an aircraft carrier. Tbt combination of four helicopter! and a Navy blimp baa been In tht works for four yeart, and la supposed to b ablt to lift 28 tona more than twice what tht largest helicopter can handle. The frame waa displayed Thursday ouulde Hangar 0 at the Naval Air Engineering Center where the alnhlp Hlndenburg burned la 1937. killing 38 people. That blimp used flammable hydrogen; current bllmpa ue helium, which dor not burn. "It does look like a giant Erector aeC aatd Charlie Mills, engineer In charge of production. The VS. l oreat Service aayi It eventually will be able to lift timber from previously unreachable areia and avoid the neceisity of building forest roads. The agency awarded the Hell-Stat contract in January 1800 for f 10.7 million to Plaseckl Aircraft Corp. of Philadelphia, and now es timates the cost of developing, building and testing tht airship at $37 million. But the General Accounting Office, the auditing branch of Congress, put the estimate closer to $t0 million In a November 11X2 report. The GAO report a bo is Id be-cauie of the depressed timber market, revenue from the sale of lumber recovered by the Hell Stat would be far lower than anticipated. To assemble the Hell Stat, the front portions and blades of four helicopters have been mounted on a huge aluminum frame that will support the blimp. The blimp to be umhI In the project waa built In lfW for antl-aubmarine warfare and la housed, Inflated, Inside the hangar. The Helmut's pilot will occupy the left rear copter portion, night engineers will be stationed In the other three copters. The airship will be powered In flight by the helicopters, and the balloon will provide the extra lift for the payload. David Jolly, deputy director of timber management for the Forest Service, said April 1965 la the target date for mounting the blimp on the frame, it would be tested In New Jersey, at Allegheny National Forest In Pennsylvania and at Gifford Plnchot National Forest in Washington state, where Mount SL Helens la located, before going into use In January 190H lie said the HellSut was a "risk worth trying " However, the GAO report cited problems found by the Navy, NASA and the Fed eral Aviation Administration, which aald engineering analyses to ensure the strength of the structure have been "Incomplete and flawed," and "poor quality workmanship practices have been used to bulla the Interconnecting structure," The GAO also said timber companies were not notified In advance of the project and that Its own aurvey showed "It Is questionable whether the Hell Stat ... will have practical application as a timber harvesting method." But Frank Plaseckl. owner of the aircraft company that bears his name and Inventor of the twin rotor helicopter, said: "I've been around forest companies and I know there la Interest The forest companies said they donl want to develop It, but said 'Bring It around and well lease It today." Jolly noted many of the materia la used were military surplus. He said If the government goes through with plans to build a Hell Stat from scratch around 1990 It would cost an estimated $90 million. Plaseckl said the HoliStat also could b used to lay pipelines. In mining and for offshore oil development l. - - i I f m ' 7 'A 1 I I . I'f i . . V ' ! IMilBMMMtfMMSlkMM A Frank Piasecki of Philadelphia poses in front of his "Hell-Star at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station. The Navy blimp that will sit atop the steel structure Is In the hangar In the background. When finished, the cratt win oe iu siones mgn. Paper says kidnapped boy was seen alive CHICAGO (AP) An Iowa youth whose kidnapping drew national attention reportedly was seen alive last March when he tried and failed to escape from his abductors, a published report says. The mother of John David Gosch, 13, said both the FBI and a private detective agency hired by the family confirmed the sighting, the Chicago Sun-Times reported In Sunday's editions. The boy was abducted in West Des Moines, Iowa, by two men who pulled htm Into a car while he was delivering newspapers Sept 12, 1882. His parents' efforts to find him. Including founding a non profit organization to promote awareness about child abductions, drew an outpouring of sympathy. Noreen Gosch said a woman saw two men chasing a boy down the street March 2 in a large city that Investigators have asked her not to Identify. "The boy ran up to the woman and said 'Please, lady, help me. My name la John David Gosch,'" Mrs. Gosch aald. "At that point one of the men grabbed him, twisted bis arm behind his back, and dragged him away." Mrs. Gosch was not available for comment on the Sun-Times report Saturday. A spokesman for the FBI's Washington office declined comment on the report, saying the agency would not discuss an ongoing Investigation. But an unidentified spokesman for the Investigative Research Agency, a private detective firm hired by the Coaches, said, "We and the FBI checked it out And we're both convinced It positively was Johnny. So now we start all over again, backtracking from there." The woman contacted police about the Incident, but word of the sighting was not passed on. Last October, the woman recognized John among the missing or abducted children who were pictured after the television drama "Adam" was aired, and contacted authorities a second time, Mrs. Gosch said. "And It took a while. But eventually the news got to us," said Mrs. Gosch. "We put our private detectives on it and with the cooperation of the FBI we got the report. It was Johnny. And he's still alive. "I have mixed emotions now," she continued. "Yes, I heard he was still alive. But I also heard the men grabbed him a second time. "And my thoughts are, what did they do to him for trying to get away?" she concluded. No ban on aspartame WASHINGTON (AP) Several private consumer groups have failed in their efforts to have the new artificial sweetener aspartame removed from stores until health questions about it can be answered. U.S. District Judge Barrington D. Parker refused last week to issue a temporary restraining order against the sweetener because, he said, the consumer groups had not made a convincing enough argument about its harmful effects. "It is a matter of great public concern, but you did not make a strong showing," Parker told James S. Turner, attorney for Community Nutrition Institute. "There is a lack of quality in your affidavits." 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