“When I took charge of GE Aircraft Engines in October 1979, I was very honoured to have the job, but I knew that, if it hadn’t been for people like Sir Frank Whittle, Dr. Hans von Ohain, and Major Frank Halford in the beginning and many others such as Gerhard Neumann and Jack parker, as well as people at Rolls-Royce, Bristol, de Havilland, Westinghouse, Curtiss-Wright, and Pratt and Whitney, we would not even have a business. I felt it would be a good idea to honour the people who helped make GE Aircraft Engines what it was and has since grown to be—not only the engineers, but the finance and business people as well as the airplane designers who learned to use our engines. As a result, my staff and I created our Propulsion Hall of Fame, which is formally housed at the GE Aircraft Engines’ Evendale facility. The inaugural induction was made in the early 1980s, and the ritual continues to this day …” – An excerpt from “Born to Fly”, the AAIA-published autobiography of Brian Rowe (1931–2007
'Brian Rowe’s legacy began as a young man in an apprenticeship at de Havilland Engine Company, where he designed a jet engine component for the de Havilland Comet, one of the world’s first commercial jet aircraft. After graduating from college and returning to work at de Havilland, Brian soon left Britain to pursue a career in the Flight Propulsion Lab at General Electric in Evendale, Ohio.' - National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC
1:15 - 2:30 Brian Rowe and The Comet Passenger Jet
'Racing has played a major part in the development of all Aston Martin engines since Frank Halford designed the original 1.5-litre unit for Bamford & Martin. The 3,995cc 6-cylinder light alloy engine fitted to the DB5 is in all major respects the same as that which powered the 4-litre prototype which ran in the 1962 and 1963 Le Mans 24-Hour races.' Autocar, 21st May 1965.
This quote is used extensively by auctioneers such as Bonhams, Aston Martin car sales and enthusiasts.