AVIATION: Mr. Horsepower

AVIATION Mr. Horsepower

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Trundled out of Pratt & Whitney's experimental hangar at East Hartford, Conn. one day last week, the huge, red-tailed bomber looked like any other B-50. Actually, it was like no other plane in the world. The earth shook as Test Pilot Gil Haven revved up the plane's four Wasp Major engines, each one as powerful (3,500 h.p.) as a diesel locomotive. Then he sent the big silver plane thundering down Rentschler field, pulled it up into the air.

Quickly the plane climbed to more than 20,000 ft. There Pilot...

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