U.S. Air Force officers consulting with General Electric executives about production of an American turbojet airplane engine, a month before receiving a prototype Whittle engine from Great Britain. Workers are selected for the project. Views of the GE plant at Lynn, Massachusetts. Project manager, Donald F. Warner, is seen at the Lynn MA factory discussing modifications from the Whittle design to correct problems with impellers and other parts.Views of affected parts. Person being fingerprinted as part of security actions.
Citizens Military Training Camp in East Lynn, Massachusetts. Maneuvers of a frontier held for State governors and executives. Enemy aircrafts attack during the maneuvers. Anti-aircraft gun mounted on a jeep fires following the course of enemy planes. Fighter planes in air. Single old type of tank moves in battlefield and fires. Regiment of soldiers march on Parade ground, as military officials and governors stand on reviewing stands.
General Electric Company engineers work on designs for America's first jet aircraft engine. In the company's plant, at Lynn, Massachusetts, machinists make parts for the engine and others assemble it. Company executives conversing about the enterprise. On April 18, 1942, the first engine produced is rolled into a test cell for operational testing. Engineers pull down the door to the test cell displaying the words: "Fort Knox." Engineers at control panel of the test cell. View into the test cell. GE Project manager, Donald F. Warner, actuates toggle switch to "on" position, and the engine ignites. Flame seen in rear of the engine. Complete change of location. View of Bell Aircraft company buildings. Bell engineers working on design of an airplane designated, XP-59A (Airacomet) to be powered by the new General Electric jet engine (later designated J-31 by the military). Views of the Bell engineering and production activities at secret facilities in Buffalo, New York. Two Bell workers expressing reservations about airplanes without propellers. A main intersection street scene in Schenectady, New York. Pedestrians walking and shopping. An F.W. Woolworth store on the corner. Copy of the Schenectady Gazette Newspaper, with headline about 500 planes raiding Berlin. A man buying a copy of the paper. (World War II; World War 2; WWII; WW2)
Official films of the flight of Bell YP-59A Airacomet jet-powered airplane, October 1, 1942. Workers at the General Electric plant in Lynn, Massachusetts, producing versions of increasingly more powerful jet engines: the I-16 with 1600 pounds of thrust and the J-33, with 4000 pounds of thrust. First flight, January 8, 1944, of a Lockheed P-80 shooting star fighter jet powered by the J-33 engine. Formation of P-80 fighter planes in flight.
Early history of flight with various ornithopters and flying contraptions. A bicycle-powered 8-winged airplane collapses in front of a hangar during takeoff attempt. Man wearing a set of wings, and a tail, tries to fly by running and also by jumping off a large rock. The so-called Pitt Sky Car in action. A car equipped with an umbrella-like rotor intended for vertical takeoff. It simply jumps up and down. A man riding a bicycle being propelled in part by a pack of rockets burning behind his seat. It gets too hot and he abandons the bicycle just before the rocket pack explodes. Animated discussion of Newton's 3rd law of motion and its relevance to the jet airplane engine. Diagrams and illustrations. A Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star aircraft taking off, and in flight, with its speed brake extended. View of General Electric jet engine, circa 1951, that delivers over 5800 pounds of thrust. These engines being produced in the GE plant at Lynn, Massachusetts and the new (1951) GE plant at Lockland Ohio.
Documentary film 'The Jet Engines' about the develpment of an American jet airplane, with help of the British who provide General Electric Company with a prototype engine developed by British RAF Group Captain Frank Whittle. A B-17 aircraft taxis and takes off from the runway. Vehicles carry U.S. Air Forces officers and civilian engineers to an airfield where a man stands with a gun next to a U.S. Army Air Forces B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft. The visitors look at cargo containers being offloaded from the aircraft. They contain a prototype British Whittle turbojet engine. Scene shifts to meeting of executives of the General Electric Company with U.S. Army Air Forces officers. They look at schematic of the Whittle engine. GE officials commit to building an American turbojet engine to power U.S. Air Forces airplanes.