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Victor Hugo Bendix

  • 1930 invented the pressure carburetor for aircraft engines. During World War II, every Allied aircraft engine used the carburetor.
  • In the 1930s Bendix established the Bendix Transcontinental Air Race to encourage experimental developments by airplane designers and to improve the skills of aviators in cross-country flying. Jimmy Doolittle won the first race in 1931, flying at an average speed of 223 mph from Los Angeles to Cleveland in nine hours and 10 minutes.
  • He formed Bendix Helicopter, Inc. in 1944 to develop a four-passenger helicopter.

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