General Electric producing the first American jet airplane engine. Bell Aircraft building first U.S. jet powered airplane.
United States USA Date:1942 Duration:2 min 13 sec Sound:Yes
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)
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