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January/February 2013

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ne Aviation Engines of Change Since the 1940s, the brilliant minds at GE Aviation���s facility in Lynn have been revolutionizing air travel. By Scott Kearnan Build something big out of something small, watch it take flight, and then be rewarded by moving up a chain of command. But in the information age, when many people are pouring their sweat and elbow grease into cyberspace instead of onto an assembly line, that sort of sentimentality sounds hopelessly nostalgic. You might think you���d have to time travel back to Mayberry to see such oldschool ingenuity in action. Instead, set your coordinates to Lynn, home of one of the original GE Aviation facilities. It was here in the early 1940s that General Electric revolutionized air travel by designing, manufacturing, and demonstrating America���s first successful jet engine. Now, over 70 years later, GE Aviation has become the world���s leading producer of jet engines for commercial and military aircraft. Its Lynn plant is a centerpiece to the local economy; it employs 3,200 workers, making it the largest employer in Lynn and one of the largest on the entire North Shore. It continues to develop groundbreaking products while functioning as a reminder of milestones in aviation history. One man preserving that history is David Carpenter. The Danvers retiree has written six books on GE Aviation���s Lynn facility and is the curator of the plant���s Photo by GE staff photographer Tom Kobuszewski I it���s the american dream: 90 January/February 2013 NSJanFeb13_ NE_GE.indd 90 11/19/12 10:51 AM

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