default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
Logout|My Dashboard

Gillette histories - Gillette News Record: Opinion

Gillette histories

Nov. 16, 2012

Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012 12:00 am

From the Nov. 12, 1953 News Record:

Puzzle: Who got the hundred million dollars? He walked into our office seven years ago, sat down. We knew the customer. And a wonderful credit rating he had, too. Said he wanted airplane engines. By that time, blueprints were scattered all over the place. He was taking no chances. Not one engine would he accept without testing first, stripping apart, building up again, and testing once more. And more. Every engine he bought would be overhauled after 15 running hours. He didn’t say so, but he must have known we would have ideas, too. The climax was last August. The customer announced that he would allow 1,200 hours flying time from these G-E engines before an overhaul. In other words, 80 times as many hours without overhaul as seven years ago. Oh, yes. The hundred million dollars. With General Electric engines now giving extended service, not so many are needed. Improvements have saved the customer that much in five years. Who’s the customer? The U.S. Air Force. And what was the engine? The J-47 jet engine. And who got the hundred million dollar saving? Who profits from more Air Force per dollar? The taxpayer, everybody. General Electric.

Subscription Required

An online service is needed to view this article in its entirety. You need an online service to view this article in its entirety.

Have an online subscription?

Login Now

Need an online subscription?



Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
  • 2 Don't Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. AND PLEASE TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.
  • 3 Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
  • 4 Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 5 Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 6 Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Welcome to the discussion.

Follow us on Facebook