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In the late 1940s, the United States was a post-war superpower, but many of its cities were in ruins.
The economy was shrinking, and there were no jobs for workers in the factories that manufactured goods.
In many places, including New York City and Detroit, the government had stopped paying wages to its workforce.
The U.S. government needed help, and in 1951, Casement, a former naval officer and engineer, took up the challenge.
After a couple of months of work, he had perfected an aircon for the military.
The first Casement airconditions, called “The King,” were delivered to the Army, Navy, and Air Force.
A year later, Casements was on a civilian tour of duty in California, when he got a call from a friend in the aerospace industry.
“He said, ‘Can I see your aircon?’ and he said, `Sure,'” Casement recalled.
“I said, “Can I show you a picture of my aircon?’
“‘A beautiful, simple aircon’ “Casement showed his friend a picture on his computer screen.
“It looked like a picture,” Casement said.
“But it had nothing on the outside.
The entire front and back of the thing was a white sheet, just like you see on the back of a Cadillac.
There were two lights on it, and the middle light was the big yellow box that lights up.”
He pointed to the box.
“The big box had a large light on it,” he said.
It looked like the back side of a box.
The aircon was a beautiful, plain aircon.
“And there was this little white thing on the inside of it,” Casements said.
The box was made of aluminum, and had two pieces of metal, one for the box and one for a metal plate that held the box up.
“That’s what made it look so elegant,” Casings said.
Casements spent four years on the job.
“There was a lot of work,” he told The Globe.
“In that time, I learned about the construction of aircon parts.”
He also learned that he had to make sure that the box was strong enough to hold up against the sun, which could be a challenge in a desert environment.
Casings spent more than a decade designing and building the aircon, which was about 40 inches tall, 60 inches wide, and a couple hundred pounds.
It took two years of labor to complete.
In the early 1950s, Casings decided to give it a name, after the famous French aviator who invented the aeroplane.
It was called the Casement.
In 1956, Casmes aircon went into production.
But his work on it did not end there.
Cassels work in the U.N. was well-received, and he received the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1967.
In 1968, Cassels aircon completed its first test flight, and then became the first to successfully fly on a commercial aircraft.
The following year, Cashes aircon took off for the first time, becoming the first civilian aircon to fly.
It is now a world heritage site, the National Airspace Museum in Tucson, Arizona, and Casements aircon is featured on the National Geographic Channel series “Flying Saucers.”
“We were proud to be a part of the history of this airplane,” Cassels said.
But the work also meant Casements life was a constant struggle.
“My wife would have to work all day,” he recalled.
He was constantly thinking about whether he would be able to pay his family and his daughter, who had been born in 1946, to attend college.
In 1966, Casems wife, Barbara, was diagnosed with colon cancer.
“She would have been sick for a month, and I would have had to call her every day,” Casments said.
Barbara and her husband, Thomas, moved to Georgia to help support their daughter, and it was during the war years that Casements family would suffer from PTSD.
His mother-in-law, who lived with Casements in Georgia, died suddenly in 1963.
He had three children by Barbara: Mary, James, and Joan.
Cashers youngest daughter, Alice, died at the age of 26.
But Casement was able to overcome his PTSD, and during his time as an airman he was involved in many high-profile incidents, including a daring air raid on the Pentagon.
“One of the first things that you learn is to never let anything, not even your own life, get in the way of something that’s important,” Casers wife Barbara said.
And that is what Casements legacy of being an airforce pilot and a military man, is