Business: Mighty Mite

A big handicap of jet aircraft engines is the tedious, time-wasting process of starting them. It takes about five minutes for a crew of three in a jeep rigged with ten storage batteries for extra electric power to rev an engine up to starting speed. If a jet plane lands on a field that lacks the starting equipment, it has to stay there.

Last week this clumsy business was on its way to becoming as obsolete as the automobile crank. At his Inglewood plant outside Los Angeles, 43-year-old John Clifford Garrett, boss of flourishing AiRe-search...

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