Air Force and Navy
To Buy 2,048 Planes
For Nearly $2 Billion
By John A. Giles
The Air Force and Navy are
purchasing 2,048 new aircraft this
The Defense Department, an
nouncing the award of plane con
tracts yesterday, said the Air
Force would get 1.250 planes at
an estimated cost of $1,297,500,000
and that the Navy would buy 798,
costing an estimated $557,500,000.
The largest Air Force contract
went to Boeing Airplane Co., for
B-47 Stratojet bombers, costing
an estimated $303,600,000. A
Stratojet set an unofficial trans
continental record of three hours
and 46 minutes, flying 2.289 ihiles
from Moses Lake, Wash., to
nearby Andrews Air Force Base
The Air Force will spend $267,
300,000 with Consolidated Vultee
for the controversial B-36 bom
The only net type of procure
ment by the Air Force is for heli
copters. It will buy H-21 Arctic
rescue helicopters, or “Flying Ba
nanas," from the Piasecki Heli
copter Corp. for $9.3 million. The
Navy will spend $4,156,064 with;
Piasecki for helicopters.
North American Aviation, Inc.,
received a $130,900,000 Air Force
contract for building F-95 inter
ceptor fighters, while the Lock
heed Aircraft Corp. was awarded
a $120 million contract for F-94
two-place radar equipped inter
Fairchild Aviation will build
more C-119 “Packets." capable of
hauling 15 tons of men and equip
ment, at a cost of $40 million for
the Air Force.
The Navy’s largest award went
. to Grumman Aircraft Engineering
Corp. for twin-jet F9F “Panther"
fighters costing $92,902,841. The
same firm also received a contract
for $41,308,714 for building AF
“Guardian” single engine attack
$68 Million for Banshees.
McDonnel Aircraft Corp. re
ceived a $68,637,434 contract for
building the F2H “Banshees,"
which the Navy has said was cap
able of knocking down the B-36 at
altitudes in excess of 40,000 feet.
The Navy will spend $36,700,942
with Lockheed to provide addi
tional P2V “Neptune" jet bombers.
A Neptune holds the world's long
Other Air Force contracts:
C-97 transports, $32.8 million,
Boeing: T-29 transport naviga
tional trainers, $9.8 million. Con
solidated Vultee: C-124 troop car
riers, $84.5 million. Douglas Air
craft Co.. SA-16 amphibious air
sea rescue planes, $7.8 million.
Grumman, T-33 trainers, $26.9
million, Lockheed: F-86 “Sabre"
fighters, $34.4 million. North
American: T-28 jet trainers.
$15.6 million. North American:
F - 89 “Scorpian" all - weather
fighters, $81.8 million, Northrup
Aircraft, Inc.; F-84 “Thunderjet"
fighters, $37.4 million. Republic
More Navy Jets.
Other Navy contracts:
F3D twin-jet fighters, $61,666,
933, Douglas; AD single engine at
tack planes, $12,121,360, Douglas;
TO single-jet trainers, $1,265,000,
Lockheed: P5M two-engine bomb
ers. $31,700,942, Glenn L. Martin!
Co.: AJ twin-engine, single-jet
attack bombers, $16,583,982. North
American; F4U single-engine
fighters, $3,112,000, United Air
craft Corp., Chance Vought Divi
The Air Force said additional >
aircraft procurement of about!
$94.3 million is being obligated forj
related items of service, such as!
transportation, ground handling
equipment and modification of |
existing types. It added that
minor adjustments in costs and
total number of aircraft might
take place before June 30.
The Navy said that in addition!
to contracts already awarded for
aircraft and aircraft equipment,
$174.7 million of procurement,
primarily for Government fur
nished equipment, is being ne
Ivy City Group Opposes
Shift in Pools Control
The Ivy City Citizens’ Associa
tion has asked that the District
Commissioners not be given con
trol of public swimming pools,
playgrounds and parks.
The group, at a recent meeting,
opposed a bill now before Con
gress. which would give the Com
missioners such jurisdiction.
The association also asked that
child day-care centers in the city |
be continued and that one be es-!
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dents in homes in this country in
1949, National Safety Council
They killed 24.200. This was a
2 per cent reduction in compari
son with 1948. Burns killed
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