Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on August 15, 1970 · Page 47
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 47

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M ' i i ' * »r- . I -.. j i «v,»i 24 The Arizona Republic Phoenix, Sat., Aug. 15,1970 Texan says overcharge flagrant 5 WASHINGTON (UPI) - A Texas congressman says the . Defense Department not only is being overcharged millions of dollars for aircraft such as . the C5A but also has paid up to $42.25 for a 6-foot cord lanyard. ; Rep. Richard C. White, D- Tex., says he first learned of 1 the "apparent flagrant over; charging" when a constituent - marched into his office with I one of the lanyards, used to ; fire Nike missiles. " White said it has a simple catch at one end, an aluminum handle at the other, and four tiny red cotton warning flags attached. . "I was informed that the _ government was charged $22 - for this item, which I could make for $1.75 including my labor and a few simple items from a hardware store," White said in a statement in the Congressional Record. He said he asked the General Accounting Office to look into the Army's purchase of the lanyards and the investigation revealed that the Army at one time had paid as • much as $42.25 for them. White said several private businesses had sold the lanyards but he declined to identify them. Thu St. Louis Woman's a $100,000 pickup-just ask Ronnie LeBlanc Vk *» ft • T* ***"« A *.* . • .** • .* _ . . ^.. , _ .. By PAUL DEAN Republic Aviation Editor Pilot-mechanic Ronnie LeBlanc is planning an airborne wrecking service for a one- shot salvage job that could stretch from Phoenix to the South Pole. H i s target is St. Louis Woman, the twin - engined Arizona Ait-scoops UNIVERSITY SUED WASHINGTON (AP) - Sixteen students sued George Washington University for $1,050,000 in tuition fees they say the university should pay back because it closed for four days during a student strike in May. The 16 said they were suing in behalf of all 14,000 students enrolled in the university in the spring. Piper Aztec that marathon flier Max Conrad dinged in Antarctica during his second futile attempt to fly around Astronauts set up tests CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) — Apollo 14 astronauts will conduct important tests next week in preparation for their moon mission scheduled for launch next Jan. 31. On Tuesday, Cmdr. Alan B. Shepard Jr. and lunar module pilot Edgar D. Mitchell will climb into their moonship for an altitude chamber test which is expected to last most on the day. Meanwhile engineers will check out the Saturn 5 rocket. On Wednesday, command module pilot Stewart A. Roosa will join Shepard and Mitchell for a simulated altitude test of the spacecraft. Backup crew members Eugene A. Cernan, commander; Ronald E. Evans, command module pilot, and Joe H. Engle, lunar module pilot, will conduct a similar test in the spacecraft Thursday. The manned altitude runs of the spacecraft are scheduled for early September. Apollo 14 is set to journey to Fra Mauro, a rugged area where moon rocks and moon dust may be five billion years old, older than the rocks returned from the Sea of Tranquillity by the Apollo 11 crew and from the Ocean of Storms by the Apollo 12 crew. the world over both poles. And LeBlanc, 38, of 3935 W. Solano Drive, has already closed negotiations with Lloyds of London, the company that insured Conrad's airplane, and has received salvage rights for a 12-month period. He has also contacted the U.S. Navy, an American landlord in Antarctica, and it has tentatively blessed the ef^ fort to recover the aluminum that has been littering one of its airstrips for the past seven months. For a tow and service truck, LeBlanc, a former Constellation mechanic for Eastern Air Lines and now president of his home-based Paramount Aviation, is hop- ing to use a World War II PBY Catalina currently flying in the Virgin Islands. For funds, LeBlanc is scouring the nation hi search of backers with sufficient mad money to invest in a salvage project that should rate alongside raising the Titanic with the Eloy Scuba Club and a set of waterwings. Conrad's airplane, wings crumpled, fuselage fractured and props like pretzels, has been on ice at the South Pole since its January pileup. Temperatures during its winter in Antarctica have been frozen at 100 degrees below zero. But that's an estimate. Nobody goes outside to check the thermometer at the South Pole. St. Louis Woman has been stripped of her complex $60,000 battery of avionics. She's sitting about a mile from the U.S. Navy's South Pole Station where the gobs have their work cut out staying alive and to heck with repairing civilian airplanes. And the nearest civilization, and site of little luxuries like heated hangars, is at Christchurch, N.Z., approximately 3,000 miles from this busted airplane's frigid tiedown at the bottom of the world. 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