AIRPLANES: Old Plant, New Goods

Biggest defense proposal before the U. S. is the suggestion of C. I. O.'s Walter Philip Reuther to convert part of the automobile industry to the manufacture of airplanes. Last week a step which had a superficial resemblance to his proposal was actually taken.

To motorists of late Hooverian days, the Marmon Sixteen was an expensive (about $5,000) projection into the neo-technical future. But its quasi-streamlining, its 200-h.p. aluminum motor were destined to go the way of mah-jongg and disarmament. Marmon found itself long on tone but short on business, and after an abortive attempt at producing a lower-priced car,...

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