A Raleigh crowd, who in 1931 had not yet seen a helicopter (they weren't on the scene for a few years still) and were only a few years removed from the Wright Brothers first flight, were fascinated when the famous aviatrix Amelia Earhart "dropped in" in her Beech-Nut Autogiro.
General Electric continues to hire at its jet-engine plant in Durham, driven by rebounding demand for new engines and the facility's repair and maintenance services.
Plant manager Doug McLean and U.S. Rep. David Price announced at a news conference this morning that the massive factory has added about 40 hourly technicians this year to keep up. The plant now employs about 320 people.
McLean declined to comment on how many more jobs might be added, or how much the jobs pay.
The GE Aviation facility is shipping about 1,200 engines a year, and is seeing increasing orders from customers such as Boeing and Airbus.
"These guys are swamped, which is good," McLean said, gesturing to several dozen of the facility's mostly male workforce, all of whom were wearing black or gray GE T-shirts. "They build engines faster and more efficiently than other facilities, so we keep getting more work."
Their answer to the U.S. F-22 Raptor, Russia's stealth fighter takes it maiden flight. The aircraft could be lower cost alternative to other nations. You can geta glimpse of it in the video.