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Ross Aviation turn 25.(In Detail)(Company Profile)

ALBUQUERQUE--What once was one of the world's most secretive airlines is tooting its horn to celebrate its 25th anniversary--and maybe also to convince its government owners that it still has a role to play in a rapidly diminishing nuclear-weapons program.

Ross Aviation, which operates what it says is "the government's only FAA-certificated airline," under contract to the Energy Dept. (ATW., 3/90), won what then was the Atomic Energy Comm. Air Service contract on Jan. 1, 1970, and began flying between Albuquerque and the Los Alamos National Laboratory with Piper Aztecs. Its most notable previous feat was training some 100,000 pilots for the Army during 1958-71.

As its mission expanded into support for all aspects of the nuclear-weapons program, it added military surplus C-47s and C-54s. …

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