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May 1961 Approach Magazine : The Naval Aviation Safety Review

May 1961 Approach Magazine : The Naval Aviation Safety Review


The Naval Aviation Safety Review

Published by U. S. Naval
Aviation Safety Center
NAS, Norfolk 11, Va.
RADM William 0. Burch, Jr.

Head, Literature Dep't.
CDR D. M. Hanson
Editor, A. Barrie Young, Jr.
Managing Editor. LCDR D. M. Hume
Associate Editors
Flight Operations, LCDR R. A. Eldridge,
J. T. LeBarron, JOC
Maintenance, J. C. Kiriluk
Av. Med., Survival, Julia Bristow
Distribution, LT W. B. Kennedy
Art Director, Robert B. Trotter
Illustrator, T. W. Healy, ALC
Photographer, J. E. Williams, PHC
Production 4810, A. Navarro, J02

On the Cover —

Year: 1916

Place: Pensacola Bay

Aircraft: Curtiss Flying Boat From these early catapult experiments came the powerful cat shots required for high-performance jets of today.


1911 1961


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Remember How Much Fun Flying Used To Be?

BY Cdr. R. P. Brewer, Staff, Post Graduate School, Monterey 4


By Julia Bristow, NASC 6

Compound Emergency ___

Panic! 16

Notes From Your Flight Surgeon 20

Anymouse 22

By Maj. S. E. Adams, USMC, FMFLant 24

VORTAC — One More Time

BY John Jennings 34

The Inspector and the Bolts 38

Tow Tractor Course 40

Murphy's Law 46

Photo and Art Credits:

Page 11, Grumman Aircraft Corp. Pages 27, 28, 29, 31, 35, 36, USAF Page 33, Art Schoeni, Chance Vought Inside Back Cover, Douglas Aircraft Co.

Our Product is safety, our process is education, and our profit
is measured in the preservation of lives and equipment.

Purposes and Policies: APPROACH is published monthly by the U.S. Naval Aviation Safety Center and is distributed to naval aeronautical organizations on the basis of 1 copy per 12 persons. It presents the most accurate information currently available on the subject of aviation accident prevention. Contents should not be construed as regulations, orders, or directives. Material extracted from Aircraft Accident Reports (OpNays 3750-1 and 3750-10), Medical Officer's Reports (OpNav 3750-8) and Anymouse (anonymous) Reports may not be construed as incriminating under Art. 31, UCMJ. Photos: Official Navy or as credited.

Non-naval activities are requested to contact NASC prior to reprinting APPROACH material.

Correspondence: Contributions are welcome as are comments and criticisms. Views expressed in guest-written articles are not necessarily those of NASC. Requests for distribution changes should be directed to NASC, NAS Norfolk 11, Va., Att: Literature Dep't.

Printing: Printing of this publication approved by the Director of the Bureau of the Budget, 31 Dec 1957.

Subscriptions: Single copy 30 cents; 1-year subscription $3.25:
75 cents additional for foreign mailing. Superintendent of
Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington 25, D. C.

Library of Congress Catalog No. 67-60020.

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