Reenactment shows early 20th century U.S. research in gas turbines that contributed to development of turbojet airplane engine
United States USA Date:1920 Duration:2 min 14 sec Sound:Yes
Views of Cornell University where mechanical engineer, Stanford Moss, conducted research into gas turbines as part of his doctoral thesis work in 1903. Dr. Moss later joined the staff of General Electric Company. During World War I Dr. Moss is called to Washington DC to discuss, with the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics, development of a turbo supercharger for airplane engines. View of a biplane with turbo supercharger mounted on top of radial engine. Animated diagram illustrating workings of a turbo supercharger. Using a supercharged engine, the U.S. Army Air Services established an altitude record of 36 thousand feet. (The pilot, flying without supplemental oxygen, passes out and doesn't regain consciousness until the airplane has fallen about 30 thousand feet.)
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