Convairiety, Volume 13, Number 7, Wednesday, March 30, 1960 Page: 1 of 8
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A Few of Convair's Many U. S. Bond Buyers Speak Their Minds
BOND BUYERS—As Convair FW readied for its annual U. S. Savings Bond
Drive, a number of long-time bond buyers were on hand to confirm that it pays
to “Salt it away . . . the easy way.” Veteran Convair bond buyers pictured here
tell their story below. Left to right: Miles Rogers, A. L. Carter, Guy Nesbitt, N. O.
Franks, Charlene Brown. They are few of many Convair Fort Worth people who
have been buying savings bonds through payroll deduction plan.
Fort Worth and
Fort Worth news office:
ext. 2961; Daingerfield new$
office: ext. 424
SAN DIEGO, POMONA, ANTELOPE VALLEY, VANDENBERG AFB, CALIF.
AFMTC, CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA., FORT WORTH, TEX.
Convair Division was promi-
nently mentioned this week in the
annual report to share owners is-
sued by General Dynamics Cor-
“Packing maximum mission
performance and flexibility into
minimum weight and space has
been one of the major engineer-
ing achievements of the B-58,”
the report stated.
“The technical philosophy of
minimum size-weight — required
partly by the need of the system
to avoid long-range radar detec-
tion—led to the development of
the disposable pod where payload
and extra fuel for long-range op-
eration will be carried beneath
the fuselage. Bomb bay and fuel
tanks would be jettisoned on re-
turn missions. B-58 performance
and flexibility have been proven
in high-altitude flights at speeds
in excess of Mach 2 (1,500 mph)
over long ranges and at low-level
flights (500 ft. above the ground
or less) for 1,400 miles at speeds
greater than 700 mph. Such high-
low capability makes radar detec-
tion of the B-58 extremely diffi-
cult on the vulnerable target ap-
proach phase of its mission.
“These are only some of the
significant breakthroughs in
the basic design of the B-58,
which, as an operating air-
plane, currently represents the
highest point in aerodynamic
It is on future transport air-
craft that the greatest value of
the B-58 may lie, in its influence
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REPORT — Frank Pace Jr.,
board chairman of General Dy-
namics Corporation, issued an-
nual report to share owners this
TOP MAN—Choice was hard one, but C. W. “Smokey” Doyle
emerged as winner of 1959 President’s Award. He is shown re-
ceiving congratulations from August C. Esenwein.
Smokey' Doyle Earns
'59 President's Award
August C. Esenwein, Convair
executive vice president, pre-
sented the 1959 President’s
Award to C. W. “Smokey” Doyle,
whose four installed CIPs saved
over $106,000 and “contributed
to lower costs in B-58 and F-106
Convair FW Manager Frank
W. Davis presented management
“certificates” to 13 Convair em-
ployees as another highlight of
the Management Club’s March
23 meeting, attended by over 850
at Ridglea Country Club.
J. V. Naish, Convair president,
was scheduled to present the
award, but was unable to attend.
Esenwein assured club mem-
bers that “cost is an ever-in-
creasing deterrent in making a
profit . . . and staying in busi-
ness in the future.
“Success of our B-58 pro-
gram,” he added, “depends on
how rapidly Convair FW can get
B-58s into Air Force hands . . .
on schedule . . . and at lower
Commenting on Convair’s 880-
600 program, Esenwein said FAA
certification of the 880 commer-
cial jetliner was expected by
Doyle, a manufacturing control
supervisor, is a former Marine
Corps sergeant who served with
Carlson’s Raiders in the Pacific
and later in the Korean conflict.
He was one of seven finalists
from a field of 25 candidates
eligible for the 1959 award.
Esenwein pointed out that the
suggestion program at Convair
FW made “good progress” in
1959, netting a total of 1,161
CIPS, an increase of 226 over
the previous year.
Nearly 21 per cent of the 1959
CIPs were approved, he said,
compared to 15.5 per cent ap-
proved the year before.
“Actually,” Esenwein said,
“these President’s Award candi-
B-58 Hustler No. 21 was cycled
through Junior Flash-Up on
schedule in March, despite added
tasks. No. 26 also seemed certain
to meet its end-of-March cycling
“The additional task was to
make operation and leak check-
outs on fuel systems of these
planes,” said F. J. Balik, Dept.
96 general foreman. “Despite
this, Hustler No. 21 was de-
livered on time—March 11.”
Hustler No. 20, first of five
B-58s to be cycled through Jun-
ior Flash-Up, was completed in
February, two-and-a-half days
ahead of schedule.
B-58s No. 27 and 12 will be
cycled into Junior Flash-Up in
April, winding up the “Junior”
phase of the program.
Green-colored solicitation cards
will be passed out to Convair
FW employees Monday morning
—and the 1960 U. S. Savings
Bond Drive will be officially un-
Frank W. Davis, Convair FW
manager, and J. E. Arnold, Daing-
erfield manager, have announced
the drive at the two plants will
be held April 4 through 8.
Authorization cards will be
used to contact each employee,
according to T. G. Croft, chief
of employee services. Department
heads are being urged to turn
i in signed cards.to payroll section
of general accounting by 3 p.m. I
each day during the drive.
“Employees not in the plant
during the drive will be contacted
either by mail or when they re-
turn to the plant,” Croft said.
Will Hear Sebold
R. C. Sebold, formerly chief
engineer at Convair FW and now
vice president-engineering for
Convair, will discuss “Supersonic
Transports” at the April 21 Man-
agement Club Meeting.
The April meeting will be held
at the Ridglea Country Club and
will be sponsored by Dept. 6, en-
“After we’ve retrofited No. 12,
we’ll launch into our Senior
Flash-Up program,” Balik said.
. (Senior Flash-Up is a program
to update and retrofit production
airplanes 31 through 66 for the
Balik lauded the teamwork of
all hourly people assigned to the
program. “Their intense interest
and hard work are primarily re-
sponsible for our success in this
program to date,” he said.
F. P. Jones, Dept. 96 general
foreman, second shift, said, “mo-
rale has been very high among
the hourly and supervisory peo-
ple working in the Flash-Up
program. The men are genuine-
ly interested in getting these air-
planes back to Carswell AFB on
Some 11,000 Convair FW em-
ployees now “Salt it away . . .
the easy way.”
Convair FW’s percentage of
bond buyers is currently 62 per
cent, substantially higher than at
any other Convair operating di-
vision. San Diego is next at 50
per cent, followed by Pomona at
45 per cent and Astronautics
trailing with 34 per cent.
★ ★ ★
U. S. Bonds Buy
“It really pays to ‘Salt it away
. . . the easy way.’”
That’s the consensus of a
cross-section of long-time bond
buyers at Convair FW, who have
such things as homes, cars, sav-
ings accounts, college degrees,
and fishing boats to prove it.
Guy Nesbitt, Dept. 25-4 fore-
man, bought a bond during the
first bond drive here in 1942. He
recalls the occasion: an “open
house,” with people flocking in
to see the new B-24s.
Nesbitt has been buying bonds
regularly ever since, accumulat-
ing a nice “nest egg” for his re-
“I cashed in a small group
of bonds once,” Nesbitt said.
“That was for adding to my
Others, like A. L. Carter of
Dept. 15-4, are using their “bond
money” to send their youngsters
through college. Carter started
buying bonds in 1942 and has
had his payroll deduction in-
creased three times since.
He’s using the money now to
help send his sons—Jerry and
Gene—through college. Jerry,
19, is a business administration
student at Texas A&M and
Gene, 21, is a junior ministerial
student at TCU. Both Gene
and Jerry are products of CRA
Little League baseball play,
with Jerry now lending his
diamond talents to the “Fish
N. O. Franks of Dept. 54 has
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B-58 No. 21 Put Through
Junior Flash-up on Time
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