On July 23, 1966, railroad engineer Don Wetzel and his colleagues from the now defunct New York Central Railroad attached two GE J-47-19 engines to the roof of a stock commuter car and sent their creation down a straight section of Ohio tracks. It reached speeds of 183 miles per hour, setting a U.S. rail speed record that still stands today.
Although the jet train was scrapped years ago, it was recreated by LEGO virtuoso Aleksander Stein and today, we have brought it to life again in a winter wonderland.
When GE designed this electric flying suit for the U.S. Air Corps, pressurized airplane cabins were not yet in use. At high altitudes cabins could reach sub-zero temperatures capable of freezing flesh to metal. Shown above is a test of a GE electric flying suit at 63 degrees below zero in a cold room at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey in 1941.
Willis R. Whitney was an American chemist who led the research laboratory at GE in the early 1900s. While at GE he worked with Irving Langmuir and William David Coolidge to advance innovations including X-ray technology and the incandescent lamp, and in 1937 was awarded the Public Welfare Medal by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.