Science: Trophy for Thrust

Since 1911, the Collier Trophy has been given yearly, by a committee of U.S. aviation experts, to the man responsible for "the greatest achievement in aviation in America." Past committees have honored such sky milestones as the practical parachute, the blind-landing system, the twin-engine commercial transport, the air offensive against Germany, the first supersonic flight.* Last week the trophy went to Leonard Sinclair Hobbs, United Aircraft Corp.'s vice president for engineering. His achievement: development and production of the J-57, the world's most powerful production jet engine.

Wyoming-born "Luke" Hobbs, 57, an engineering graduate of Texas A & M who first made his...

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