Proceeding apace toward a 5,550-plane Army Air Corps, the War Department last week placed its biggest peacetime orders ($85,000,000) for about 1,000 aircraft, an unannounced number of engines.
≫ To Glenn L. Martin Co., $15,815,000, to North American Aviation Inc. $11,771,000, for two-engined, medium bombers.*
≫ To Boeing Aircraft Co., $8,090,000, to Consolidated Aircraft Corp., $8,485,000, for improved four-engine "flying fortresses."
≫ To Lockheed Aircraft Corp. $4,845,000 for two-engined, 420-m.p.h. interceptor pursuits (for defense against high-flying bombers).
≫ To North American Aviation, to Boeing's Stearman division, to Aviation Manufacturing Corp.'s Vultee...