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Expansion of Aircraft Industry Is Explosive!
£XPANSION almost astronomical in its immensity
is in progress today in the aircraft manufacturing
industry and the automobile industry which is coming
to its support to build up our air defenses. Although
actual production may not yet be what we would like
to see, accomplishments have been tremendous, meas
ured bv any standards the world has known. We find
a single airplane enaine factory occupyina 112 acres
of floor space. We find another huge building which
has risen from open farmland in 40 working days. In
another case, foundations have been driven to bed
rock 95 to 110 feet below ground level over an area
1,000 by 600 feet and, within four months, part of the
building which they support is ready for occupancy.
Tens of thousands of machines, ranginq in size from
bench-top grinders to oresses the heiaht of a six-story
building, have been built and installed. Tens of
thousands of men have been trained to man them.
Rivers of raw materials have been set to flowing from
all parts of the world which still are open to our
commerce These oictures are little more than the
feeble ray of a flashlight, dancing across the ocean of
production, touching a wave here and there They
suggest but do not reveal the scope and ramifications
of a narional defense undertaking which has become
almost appalling in its immensity.
Typicol of plant expansion in progress in all ports of Americo is this view of the Consolidated Aircraft Corp., San Diego, Calif. The
skeleton of the final assembly section, extending out of the picture to the right, is but the latest of several new plant additions. Beyond
is Son Diego Boy. —Consolidated Aircraft Photo.
Counting upright propeller blades, 12 high-speed Curtiss P-40 pursuit airplanes are seen on the final
assembly line at Buffalo, their waiting wings stacked behind them. —Curtiss-wright Photo.
The aviotion role of Henry Ford is fraught with public interest. Here is o 2-cylinder triol section of a
12-cylinder liquid-cooled engine the Ford Motor Co. hopes to adapt to moss production. —A. P Photo.
Gleaming, not yet .
camouflaged for I
war, four of the lot- I
est Boeing Flying
ore seen on the final
assembly floor at
Seattle. They are
rolling out now at
the rate of about
one a day.
—A P Photo.
America's first high-power liquid-cooled airplane
engine, the Allison, a General Motors product which
represents automobile industry pioneering, is being
torn down for thorough inspection after a test run at
full power, a process to which every engine is sub
jected. Allison production has reached 400 engines
p«r month and is climbing steadily. —Wide World Photo.
The results of production are
seen in this formation of Boeing
Flving Fortress bombers of the 1st
Wing, General Headquarters Air
Force, in formation flight off the
Pacific Coast, visible as mountain
peaks under the line of tell-tale
clouds. These are maximum-range
ships of great hittinq power.
—Wide World Photo.
Largest and most powerful bomber
ever built, the Douglas B-19, nearing
completion at Santa Monica, Calif.
In the foreground, for comparison,
ore British medium bombers, equiva
lent in size to our standard airliners.
—A. P Photo.
Nearly half the military airplanes now in production are trainers. A new pilot wings through
cloudland above San Antonio, Tex. —Wide World Photo.
This is the only picture of the Bell P-39 Airocobra pursuiter, showing its 37-millimeter can
non, which sticks through the propeller hub. —Army Air Corps Photo.
The Navy F-4-U shipboard fighter, with 1,8
400 miles per hour, is termed "America's fastest <