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General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) built the first U.S. jet engine all the way back in 1942.
Now it's testing the world's largest jet engine.
The first of these new giants - known as the GE9X - has been hefted into a "test stand" at General Electric's massive boot camp for jet engines in a wooded area near Peebles, Ohio (see the accompanying photo).
And when I say "hefted," I'm not being dramatic. The front span of the GE9X is a record-setting 11 feet. To give you some perspective, this engine is so big that former NBA star (and gentle giant) Shaquille O'Neil would fit inside it - with the just-retired Kobe Bryant sitting on his shoulders.
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