J-65 Jet Engine

This Buick General Manager photo op. was taken in factory #05. On the left you see Ivan L. Wiles who pretty much had a free ride after WWII turning over the keys to Edward T. Ragsdale who nearly destroyed Buick with his incompetence but that history has been written. This would be 1956.
This is a photo of the first J-65 jet engine which was on display in downtown Flint. This display is still around. I believe it is in the Kalamazoo Michigan aviation museum (Air Zoo) now. The engines were assembled in Illinois but most parts were made at factory #05. Another factory was built in Flint on Coldwater road for J-65 work but as with all wars the Korean conflict came to an end and this building became a small parts plant for General Motors called Ternstedt.

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