Panorama of Progress
Plant 11 Open House
November 1-2, 1952
This pamphlet was handed out to
visitors during their tour of Plant 11, which was built for the
production of jet engine parts to be used in the Allison and Chevrolet
built J35. Delco-Remy was one of several GM Divisions that built
parts or jet engines for the government in the 1950s. Oldsmobile
in the same time frame built a plant to also make components for jet
engines, which was known in Lansing, MI as the "Jet Plant", which made
turbine blades for Buick built J65 axial flow jet engines. Allison
built the J35, which was a centrifugal flow type jet engine, and
Delco-Remy supplied turbine blades for the compressor section.
The military came back
to the automobile industry for the production of jet engines for the
Korean War, just as it had during WWII when Allison, Buick, Chevrolet,
Dodge, Packard and Studebaker all built piston powered engines for the
winning of WWII. Allison built 14,000 J-35 between 1946 and 1955,
most of which were used in F-84s and and F-89s. A photo of
Republic F-84s is shown in the pamphlet below, which were used
extensively for ground attack during the Korean War.
Seen here at the Rolls-Royce
Heritage Center, Allison Branch is an Allison built J35 jet engine that
Delco-Remy, Plant 11, made the compressor blades for.
The "Eager Beaver" 2-1/2 ton 6X6 truck shown
here with Delco-Remy components was designated the M35 and was designed
by Reo in Lansing, MI. The M35 was the standard cargo truck for
the US military for many years.
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