U.S. Business: Built on Thin Air

As man probes farther into airless space, he is met by an environment full of lethal radiation and extremes of temperature. For Los Angeles' Garrett Corp., the hostility of space is an industrial bonanza. Since it pressurized the cabins of World War II's high-flying B-29 bombers, Garrett has become the U.S.'s foremost specialist in keeping men alive in the yonder beyond their familiar surroundings. Garrett supplies oxygen gear for the Mercury astronauts, and is designing the breathing systems and environmental controls that will see U.S. Apollo crewmen to the moon.

In 26 years Garrett has grown from a tiny toolmaker to a...

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