Convairiety, Volume 3, Number 2, January 18, 1950 Page: 1 of 8
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Published every other Wednesday by Consolidated Vultee Ai
For the benefit of Convair people everywhere.
SAN DIEGO, CALIF.
FT. WORTH, TEX.'
OF 240 UNDER STUDY
Vol. 3, No. 2 52 ' Wednesday, January 18, 1950
Cohu Commends CRA
For Xmas Parties
Convair Recreation Assoc
to receive plaudits for the re
which it sponsored for child]
Both the employees and
expressed general approval o
that it be repeated in the fut
CRA for FW
John A. Scott (FW Dept.
11-1) has been named treas-
urer of Convair Recreation
Association, FW division, for
the remainder of the fiscal
year which ends in March.
He was elected by acclamation
at the monthly meeting of the
CRA Employee Council, Jan. 9.
Scott, who has been representa-
tive-at-large on the council since
CRA was organized, has both a
legal and business background.
He has received degrees in both
business administration and law.
Scott was a Convair employee
for more than three years during
the war. He quit to go into busi-
ness for himself and rejoined
Convair in October, 1948.
During the council meeting, ex-
pansion of square dancing activi-
ties as requested by Commis-
sioner Ross Carney was approved.
A new square dance class for
adult beginners and for children,
separate from those conducted
in the past, is tentatively planned
at the River Oak Boy's Club each
The council also authorized ex-
penditure of funds with which to
equip a CRA Camera Club dark
room. Details will be handled
through the CRA executive com-
Request for the equipment,
which was submitted by the cam-
era commissioner, George Rad-
way, called for the purchase of
enlargers, developing trays, and1
other equipment needed to fur-1
nish a dark room. An agreement
will be drawn up between CRA
and the Y.M.C.A. of Ft. Worth
for establishing the dark room at
the Y.M.C.A. building.
iation, FW division, continues
cent Convair Christmas party
ren of all Convair employees.
company management have
Df the party and have urged
The party, which was held in
Will Rogers Auditorium, was at-
tended by more than 18,600 per-
sons. Letters commending CRA
for the party have been received
from LaMotte T. Cohu, Convair
president and general manager;
R. H. Biron, Convair vice-presi-
dent; Eldon Frye, manager of
Employee Activities, and R. J.
Donnelly, Industrial Relations
manager, FW Division.
Following are excerpts from
"On my return from South
America, I learned of the very
successful children's Christmas
party that your CRA organiza-
tion put on at Ft. Worth.
"As you well know, activities
of this kind, that take in the
families as well as the employ-
ees, are very dear to my heart.
I hope that you will be able to
make this Christmas party an
"I realize how much hard work
and effort goes into the job of
making a success of a party such
as this one and I want to con-
gratulate all of the CRA officers
who worked so hard."
Biron's letter reads, in part:
"I know from past experience
how very much hard work goes
into making a party of this kind
a success, and I want to extend
to all CRA commissioners my
hearty congratulations for the
fine job you have done. Keep up
the good work."
Frye stated that although he
was present to witness the affair,
"it still is hard for me to realize
the party went off so smoothly.
"I want to congratulate and
thank every person who had a
hand in making these gigantic
parties such successes. I have
never seen a better demonstra-
tion of the Christmas spirit on
the part of so many hard-work-
Donnelly's letter stated that
"in the six months of operation
of CRA, this event hasbeen the
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Customers 'Get the Word' On
Taking Care of Convair-Liners
Convair and Convair customers exchanged ideas and
information about Convair-Liner performance last week.
Continuing a policy established
last April when domestic opera-
tors of Convair-Liners gathered
for the first round table session,
representatives of ten different
lines, both domestic and foreign,
met in San Diego to discuss per-
formance, compare experiences
FORT WORTH EDITION
Phone your news
to CONVAIRIETY FW
editorial office, Ext. 5269
and obtain counsel from Convair
The three-day meeting, con-
ducted by Service SD, attracted
31 airline representatives from
American Airlines, Western, Pan-
American, Northeast, Continen-
tal, Swissair, Sabena, KLM, and
Orient. It was significant that
the foreign lines thought enough
of the conference to send their
representatives on the long trip
to San Diego to further their
knowledge of the airplane.
J. J. Alkazin, chief of Service
SD, acted as general chairman.
LaMotte T. Cohu, Convair presi-
dent, and R. C. Sebold, vice-presi-
dent, Engineering, welcomed the
group to the conference. Among
Convair people taking active part
in the meetings were:
Present Airframe Can
Be Quickly Adapted
Convair plans for a turbo-prop version of the Convair-
Liner came to light for the first time this week.
Although still a matter of blueprints only, Convair
engineers estimated that a prototype turbo-prop Convair-
Liner could be flying eight months after the start of such
CAR DEALER'S PARADISE-If you think there isn't a parking
problem at Convair FW, take a peek at one of the north parking
lots as it appears between 3:15 and 3:45 each afternoon. Even the
entrance lanes between rows of parking stalls are packed with
employees' cars. Main causes of this parking, nightmare appear to
be a general relaxation of the "share-the-ride" plan, and a desire
of too many folks to park near the cafeteria.
Survey Shows Many 'Empty
Saddles' in Convair FW Cars
Don't be surprised some morning on the way to work
if a Convair-bound car should whip by you minus 4 driver.
Results of a CONVAIRIETY
survey last week showed that one
car in the parking lots means
something like 2.4 Convair work-
ers in the plant.
During the war, five and six
persons per car was the rule
rather than the exception.
"If this trend continues, the
time will soon come when
there'll be more cars in the lots
than there are employees in the
plant," was the way one offi-
cial put it. "And when that
happens we'll know there are
some driverless autos sneaking
The wartime "share-the-ride"
plan has been tossed overboard,
in too many cases, for a "to each
his own" plan.
What happened to all the post-
war seats? They're just "empty
saddles" that dead-head to the
plant every day, taking up your
space in the parking lots and
adding to the traffic burden after
Figures compiled by the CON-
VAIRIETY check were borne out
by a plant-wide check made by
Results of these two checks
showed that there were at least
as many rides being wasted as
were being used. If all cars
coming to the plant were com-
pletely filled, it would require
just one-half the number of cars
to haul Convair folks as it now
takes. One-half the number of
cars now driven to Convair FW
could be handled, both in the lots
and in traffic lanes, with no
strain on anyone.
On top of all this, officials
have noted a strange desire-
one might call it a hidden
"sheep" complex-of too many
drivers to wheel their jitneys
into the same lots. As the
stream of traffic pours into the
gate, most of it heads for
parking lots 9 and 7, whipping
past acres of space in lots 1
and 3 as if they were mine
Daily result of that is two jam-
filled parking lots with cars all
but standing on end, while a
short distance away space for
several hundred cars is maintain-
ed for the handful of autos park-
A check of workers who park
cars in the two north lots showed
that while many of them actually
work in that vicinity, a surpris-
ingly large number find those
lots handiest to the cafeteria and
a cup of coffee on their way to
work in some other area far re-
One of the biggest concerns
right now, however, is the low
average number of riders per car.
Here's what a CONVAIRIETY
staff member found when he re-
cently checked the number of
passengers in cars coming in for
the 7 o'clock shift:
In 265 cars checked at ran-
dom, there were 626 riders, or
an average of 2.4 persons in
Among the 265 cars were 53
60 per cent of the seats avail-
able in this type car were fill-
ed. But the two-seaters, of
which there were 212, really
hit a low. They were less than
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No such planes have been or-
dered. Preliminary estimates,
however, have been submitted to
the Air Force in the event that
the military would be interested
in a turbo-prop version of the
The turbo-prop version of
the CConvair-Liner is in line
with the thinking of Convair
engineers who for some time
have visioned turbo-prop planes
as the next major step in de-
velopment of transport air-
craft. LaMotte T. 'Cohu, Con-
vair president, backed up by
R. C. Sebold, vice-president,
Engineering, and Frank Fink,
SD chief engineer, recently
made it clear that the present
Convair-Liner air frame is well
suited for immediate adaptation
to turbo-prop power. They
vision a Liner powered by two
Allison T-38 turbo-props, each
rated at 2,750 equivalent shaft
horsepower. The T-38s would
replace the Pratt & Whitney
R-2,800 piston engines rated at
2,400 hp. now in airline use.
Convair currently is installing
T-40 (double T-38s) units in the
XP5Y-1 flying boat at San Diego,
under construction for the Navy.
Sebold and Fink list the fol-
lowing as advantages of turbo-
prop operation: More speed at
less weight; increased passenger
comfort through elimination of
noise and vibration; more profit-
able operation, due to increased
payloads. The T-38 installation
would result in an approximate
2,000-pound weight saving over
present piston engines.
The engineers maintained that
even after development of turbo-
jet planes-a matter of years in
the future - turbo-prop planes
will have a permanent place in
the transport field. They believe
that the turbo-jet will be unable
to compete with the turbo-prop
in commercial flights of 500
miles and less.
Speed Records Set
On Christmas Day
TAA Convair-Liners m a d e
three speed records on Christmas
Day over the Melbourne to Syd-
The first plane to make a mark
reported one hour, 30 minutes
block to block time for the 455-
mile hop. A later schedule clip-
ped one minute off this record
and a still later schedule lowered
the record to one hour, 27 min-
FW Management Club to Hear
Talk on 'Britain and Socialism'
Thurman Sensing, director of
research for the Southern States
Industrial Council, will be the
principal speaker at the next
meeting of the Convair Manage-
ment Club FW, Sam E. Keith
Jr., president, announced.
The meeting will be held at the
plant cafeteria, Jan. 21.
Free refreshments will be
served from 5:30 until 6 p.m.
Dinner will start at 6 p.m.
According to Keith, club mem-
bers will be given their ballot for
the run-off election when they
enter the meeting. Balloting will
close at 6:30 in order that votes
may be counted, winners an-
nounced, and officers for 1950
installed b e f o r e the meeting
Run-offs are between D. C. Mc-
Dougal and C. B. Williams, vice-
president, day shift; 0. R. Goode
and E. D. Rutledge, vice-presi-
dent, night shift, and Harold
Blackmon and S. H. Stevens,
Entertainment for the evening
will be provided by Sonny Strains
and his seven-piece orchestra
which will play through dinner.
Jimmy Pety, outstanding tenor,
will be featured in two songs,
"Old Man River" and "Danny
Boy." A danceeteamaGrant and
Tittle, will round out the enter-
According to Lloyd Turner,
program chairman, Sensing re-
cently returned from a study of
Britain's economic system. He
will present to the club a first-
hand report on "Britain Under
The meeting will open at 5:30
in order that it may close by
8:30, thus leaving a full evening
for club members, Keith ex-
The date was re-scheduled to
the 21st to prevent a conflict
with the Ft. Worth Fat Stock
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