Tucked away in rolling wheat fields near Fort Worth, Tex., is one of the most astonishing war babies of World War II. Its name: Globe Aircraft Corp. Its age: 25 months. Its plant: an oversized barn. Its manufacturing experience: construction of only two small planes. Its backlog in War Department contracts: $18,500,000 (with $40,000,000 more said to be in prospect). Its chief owners: extraordinary and influential people.

Globe started as Bennett Aircraft Corp. in March 1940, but Backer Frank Bennett was bought out ten months later. The company has an authorized capital of $350,000 and smart, Scottish-born John Kennedy as president....

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