Views of the new (1951) GE jet engine assembly plant at Lockland Ohio. Animated description and U.S. map showing numerous suppliers across the country that contribute parts for the jet engines assembled at the GE Lockland plant.Views inside the plant, with engines being assembled. GE staff members, including chief engineer, Donald F. Warner, are seen in the plant. Various U.S. jet warplanes taking off, including: Hughes XF-91; North American F-86D Sabrejet ; Martin XB-51; North American B-45 Tornado; Boeing B-47 Stratojet bomber; and Convair B-36.
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.
Major events of the year 1951. Republican Party nominees Robert Taft, Senator of Ohio and Earl Warren, Governor of California begin their preparations for the 1952 Presidential elections in United States. They address a press conference. Eisenhower remains silent on the issue. President Harry S Truman while addressing the Women's National Democratic Committee refuses to reveal the name of Democratic candidate for Presidential elections.
State Capitol building in Ohio United States. Views of downtown Columbus, the state capital. People walking in the State University campus. Crowd of city people in the Ohio stadium. Ohio State Fair scenes. 'Ohio Welcomes You-ENTRANCE' seen on the gates of the State Fair. Men brushing a cow. City of Cleveland and buildings seen by Lake Erie. Rail terminal, train, busy downtown streets. People getting onto trains. Iron ore port is seen. Lake freighter coming to the port. Huge cranes loading raw materials in freighter. Birth place of Thomas A Edison, inventor of electric light bulb. Man in lighting institute shows working of light bulbs. World's smallest bulb at the tip of thin stick. Memorial to Wilbur and Orville Wright brothers,inventors of air planes. Air planes flying during the Cleveland Air Races annual sky carnival. View and sound of early jet plane. People watching air show.
Animated illustration of rapid improvements in GE jet engine designs. Views of the GE plant at Lockland, Ohio. Interior of a jet passenger liner airplane, as envisioned in 1951. View of Dr. Sanford A. Moss, standing in front of the Collier Trophy, looking at his award certificate, in 1941. The trophy was awarded to him and the U.S. Army Air Corps for development of the aircraft engine supercharger. Discussion of Atomic Energy Commission, U.S. Air Force, General Electric and Convair ideas about building an atomic powered airplane. Views of the GE gas turbine laboratory. Montage of jet aircraft of the early 1950s. Among those seen are: Convair SF-92 delta wing fighter plane; The Chase XCG-20A 4-engine cargo plane; North American F-86 sabrejet; Grumman F9F panther; F-89 Scorpion; and B-36 bomber, plus several unidentified experimental aircraft. Several scenes of B-47s in rocket assisted takeoffs.
New 1951 Ford test car comes over the crest of a hill, being driven through deep mud, in deep water, and over cobble stones, on the Ford Dearborn Michigan test track. View of test driver at the wheel. Test car hits hard bumps. View of Ford's 'Automatic Ride Control' suspension on test track and in the Ford laboratory. View of suspension attached to drive train in laboratory with view of suspension spring. 1951 Ford being tested over desert road in Southwest United States. New 1951 Ford convertible in showroom.