Convairiety, Volume 3, Number 7, Wednesday, March 29, 1950 Page: 1 of 8
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Two Days Left to Get Insurance Without Physical
Only Thursday and Friday,
March 30 and 31, remain for
Convair FW employees who
are not now members of the
Convair group insurance plan l
to obtain membership in the j
plan without taking physical!
On April 1 and after, any em-
ployee who has not obtained the
insurance within 31 days from
the date he was employed by
Convair will be required to show
evidence of good health before
he may obtain membership in the
Under the plan, cost of the in-
surance is automatically deduct-
See page 8 for special
question and answer series
giving information about
ed from pay checks of members.
Benefits include life insurance
ranging from $1,625 to $13,000,
depending upon hourly rate or
monthly salary; permanent total
disability benefits; weekly dis-
ability benefits; hospitalization;
surgical benefits; X-ray and
laboratory benefits; doctors calls;
and polio benefits.
Additional information may be
obtained in the insurance booklets
recently mailed to all employees
at the home addresses they have
listed with the company, from
supervisors and foremen, or from
the Employee Services Section of
Industrial Relations Department.
SAN DIEGO, CALIF.
Published every other Wednesday by Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corp.
For the benefit of Convair people everywhere.
ror tne benefit ot Convair people everywhere. ^
IIF. DAINGERFIELD, TEX. FT. WORTH, TEX.
Vol. 3, No. 7
Wednesday, March 29, 1950
FORT WORTH EDITION
XB-36 Tries Tracked Landing Gear
NEW 'WRINKLE'—These are first pictures released showing new track-type landing gear on XB-36.
Upper photo shows first tow test. Lower pictures are close-ups of nose gear (left) and main gear.
Shown are G. W. Hoffeller of Flight at FW, Wendell Eldred and Jim Thurmond of Engineering.
Put in Use
The XB-36—the first ex-
perimental model and the
first B-36 ever built — is
breaking in a pair of “seven
The “boots” are track-type
landing gear. Installation is
complete, and testing is under
way on runways adjacent to Con-
vair FW. Low and medium speed
taxi tests are completed and high
speed runs will precede actual
take-off and landing tests.
Track type landing gear has
previously been tried on light
cargo ships and medium bombers,
but the XB-36 installation is the
first on the heavy bomber.
In general, the gear operates
on the same principle as that
used for many years on the cater-
pillar-type tractors — with the
weight resting on bogie wheels
rolling on an endless belt.
On the XB-36, two such end-
continued on page 8)
Cohu Examines Convair
Accomplishments in '49
(Following is a statement from LaMotte T. Cohu, Convair presi-
dent and general manager. It is occasioned by recent appearance
of the company's annual report which is being mailed to all em-
ployees. Cohu's comments begin on this page and are continued
on page three where CONVAIRIETY carries a simplified version of
* * * * *
TO ALL PERSONNEL:
For the first time since 1945, Convair is in the black.
That achievement is important to all of us, for unless
a corporation can get into the black and stay there con-
sistently, it cannot exist very long.
Our company closed 1949 with
a profit of $3,713,156, which rep-
resented a little less than two per
cent of the total sales. In 1948
we had a loss of $11,978,795.
However, a profit of 2% on total
sales is considerably lower than
average, and we hope to do better
(Continued on page 3)
Convair FW Gives Red Cross
$18,000, Tops Quota 150 Pet.
Convair FW employees this
week had given a total of more
than $18,000 to the American
Red Cross—more than 150 per
cent of the quota set for them.
Bright, Says Keller
A bright future for turboprop
transports was predicted by Wil-
liam C. Keller, Convair SD engi-
neer, in an address March 22 be-
fore the Texas section of the
Institute of the Aeronautical
Keller is project engineer on
the “Turboliner,” the Convair-
Liner currently being equipped
with turboprop engines at SD.
“Turboprop transports will
probably always be superior for
short-range operation, although
pure jet transports will no doubt
eventually replace them for long
range, high altitude, high speed
flights,” Keller said.
One of the big advantages of
propeller-turbine engines, the San
Diego engineer explained, is their
economy of operation because
they do not require high octane
“In addition,” said M. L. Hicks,
plant campaign chairman, “the
quota was reached and exceeded
in less time than in any previous
campaign for any cause.
“I want to express Convair’s
appreciation and the thanks of
the American Red Cross for this
unparalleled example of generos-
“In the flood last year, we
learned what the Red Cross
i stands for. And in the campaign
this year, we proved that we ap-
preciate its outstanding serv-
Each of the 32 departments in
the plant met and exceeded its
Two departments reported 100
per cent participation of all em-
ployees. They were Industrial
Engineering, which made 209 per
cent of quota, and Public Rela-
tions, which made 667 per cent
Other outstanding reports—quota wise
—were these: Works Department, 324
per cent; Division Manager’s Office, 307 ;
Contracts, 289 ; Industrial Relations, 259 ;
Accounting, 219 ; Production Control, 214 ;
Machine Shop, 207 ; Tool Room, 195; Pat-
tern Shop, 176; Engineering, 173; Tool
Service, 168; Inspection, 166; Material
and Plant Engineering, 165; Tooling,
163 : Metal Forming, 156. All other de-
partments contributed between 107 and
150 per cent of their quotas.
C. J. Hall, Convair FW presi-
dent of CRA, this week an-
nounced the appointment of F. F.
Gignilliat, golf commissioner, as
CRA circus committee chairman.
As coordinator of circus ar-
rangements, Gignilliat has made
the following appointments:
Tickets, Finn Wahl; photo-
graphic coverage, Fred Carlile;
ushers, Jack Brittain; facilities,
Polly Wise; legal advisor and in-
surance, John Scott; first aid,
R. D. Jones.
Tickets will be distributed in
approximately two weeks through
department clerks with second
shift employees getting first
choice on the Saturday night per-
Convair girls dressed in cow-
girl outfits will serve on a recep-
tion committee, according to Brit-
tain. Sixty girls are needed for
this job. Those interested are
asked to contact Britain at LO-
Circus Stars Polish Acts
They’ll Give Convair FW
If you could journey to the little town of Gainesville,
Tex., this week, you’d see townspeople walking tight wires,
swinging by their teeth from backyard trapezes, or exer-
cising trained monkeys along shaded residential streets.
But you needn’t be surprised,
for the community is only speed-
ing up rehearsals for their first
“big top” performance of the sea-
son—their circus date with Con-
vair FW folks in April.
You’d see lawyers, doctors,
businessmen, clerks, housewives,
soda dispensers, school teachers,
delivery boys and ministers busy
at their jobs during working
hours. After work and on week-
ends these same citizens are even
busier rehearsing their circus
acts, as acrobats, aerialists, tight
wire performers, animal trainers
There’s the Rev. Johnstone
Beech, rector of the St. Paul’s
Episcopal Church. He’s one of
HIGH WIRE BEAUTY—Evelyn Kaps, Gainesville, Tex., girl who
started with big top when she was four years old, will be among star
performers April 27, 28, 29 when Gainesville Community Circus
performs for Convair FW under CRA sponsorship. Evelyn's little
sister, Ouida, 6, also is a star. She, too, joined when a toddler.
the funniest clowns in the
show. The clown cop with the
big badge and long six-shooter
is Dr. S. M. Yarbrough, re-
spected Gainesville physician.
The sad-faced clown is tough
Texas Ranger Lewis Rigler in
You’d see typical American
housewife Gerry Murrell practic-
ing daring stunts on her flying
trapeze or rehearsing a death-
defying leap over a blazing high
hurdle with her trained horse.
Students at Gainesville High
School are spending their gym
periods working out on aerial
ladders and other pieces of circus
A. Morton Smith, circus pro-
gram director, reports that “acts
are shaping up well, and there’s
every indication that the circus
performers will be up to the
standard of previous years, if not
The circus has played to more
than half a million spectators
since it sprouted 21 years ago
from a Little Theater production.
Offers of high-price professional
tours have been turned down, be-
cause in reality the performers
are the working citizens of
On April 26, 27, 28, they’ll all
be in Ft. Worth at the Will
Rogers Coliseum to present the
only circus of its kind in the
world, “The Gainesville Commu-
nity Circus,” for the enjoyment
of thousands of Convair FW and
Visits FW Plant
Between 75 and 100 members
of the manufacturers’ committee
of the Ft. Worth Chamber of
Commerce were scheduled to be
luncheon guests in the Convair
FW cafeteria today (Wednesday,
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Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation. Convairiety, Volume 3, Number 7, Wednesday, March 29, 1950, periodical, March 29, 1950; Fort Worth, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth777369/m1/1/: accessed October 13, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Fort Worth.