PRODUCTION: Business Agreement

People were astounded to hear early last week that not one single fighting airplane was even on order as a result of the new emergency defense program. But by week's end thousands of planes—about 4,200—were almost on order. This progress was no thanks to the elected statesmen of the people. They were still trying to make up their minds on rules about profits and taxes and other political jackstraws.

Planes were at last on order—almost on order—thanks to the willingness of the aviation industry to start spending money without any guarantee that...

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