Army & Navy And Civilian Defense: New Head

A blob of metal was gingerly toted out of a New Jersey aircraft-engine factory, carefully deposited on the seat of an automobile, carted across the Hudson and hoisted to the RCA building's 32nd floor. A pudgy little man, Perry William Brown, 55, assistant works manager of Wright Aeronautical Corp., told assembled newsmen proudly: "There it is."

"It" was a piece of neatly machined aluminum alloy. It represented, said Wright, a revolutionary advance in the technique of working duralumin, which meant development of a cylinder head that will give U.S. planes speed, altitude, load and...

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