Happy National Aviation Day! The holiday, which falls on Orville Wright’s birthday, was established in 1939 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt and has really taken off since. So today, celebrate all things flying and view more aviation posts here.
50 years ago, famed science fiction author Isaac Asimov visited the GE exhibit at the 1964 World’s Fair. Inspired by all that he witnessed, he wrote an article for the New York Times with his predictions for technological advancements in 2014.
Today, as part of our #NextList, we’re looking toward the future as well and pushing innovation across the energy, software, manufacturing and healthcare industries. The #NextList is our blueprint for progress and a declaration of belief in a future made better by brilliant minds and brilliant machines.
At the 1939 New York World’s Fair, a demonstration of a floating plate occurs at GE’s “House of Magic,” a bit of a misnomer considering it’s not wizardry but rather science that’s responsible for the trick. According to the description on the back of the photo, a new machine created specifically for the House of Magic levitated the plate by applying the principles of magnetic induction to a non-magnetic field. Image courtesy of the New York Public Library archives.
The souvenir strip from Sandow, a series of three 1894 silent films directed by William K.L. Dickson. Dickson developed the early motion picture viewing device the Kinetoscope along with Thomas Edison in the late 1800s. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.
In the summer of 1966, New York Central Railroad engineer Don Wetzel and his team sought out to build a train that could travel at 200 mph. Given just 30 days to do so, the team bottled a pair of GE J47-19 jet engines to a railcar, and, on a clear day in July, broke a North American speed record that still stands today. We recently caught up with Wetzel at his home to hear more about the experimental vehicle. Check out the video above and learn more about the jet-powered train here.