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dwight
Joined: May 2007
Oct 12, 2007 02:58

the modern respirator was developed by a man who grew up in Stoughton, Mass. and was recently featured on 60 minutes, the now 86-year-old, Forrest Bird.

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> http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/60minutes/main3415.shtml


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dwight
Joined: May 2007
Oct 12, 2010 14:13

As I recall, one of Bird's first advances in the technology came when he was assigned to fly a captured German plane back to the States in WWII. He noticed that the Germans had a more advanced air regulator than ours and after some tinkering he came up with adjustment to our regulators that permitted U.S. planes got go more than 5,000 feet higher than they previously could.
After the war, he began work on the medical respirators.


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