Business: 60,000 Planes, Etc.

Let no man say it cannot be done. It must be done and we have undertaken to do it.

Thus last week did the President launch the biggest production program in world history. For 1942, U.S. industry is asked to produce 60,000 airplanes, 45,000 tanks, 20,000 anti-aircraft guns, 8,000,000 deadweight tons of merchant ships. For 1943, 125,000 planes, 75,000 tanks, 35,000 anti-aircraft guns, 10,000,000 tons of merchant ships.

Even in billion-calloused, production-booming January 1942, these figures at first seemed fantastic. Only 18 months ago, U.S. output was around 500 planes monthly; the first medium...

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