AVIATION: Mr. Horsepower

To the U.S. aircraft industry, Frederick Brant Rentschler was "Mr. Horsepower." His entire life was devoted to one consuming passion: making bigger, better, more powerful airplane engines to help give the U.S. an Air Force and commercial fleet second to none. In the pursuit Fred Rentschler built United Aircraft Corp. into one of the world's biggest producers of engines (Pratt & Whitney) as well as propellers (Hamilton Standard) and helicopters (Sikorsky). Cool and shrewd, with a mind that ticked with the same precision as his beloved engines, he was never afraid to...

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