AVIATION: Gloomy Talk

Black-browed, snow-haired John Carlton Ward Jr., president of Fairchild Engine & Airplane Corp., is not normally a Gloomy Gus. Generally he is too busy making good his promise to build huge wood-veneer bomber-crew trainers—"the biggest damn airplanes out of wood that anyone ever thought of" (TIME, June 1, 1942). But last week, in his official capacity as president of the East Coast Aircraft War Production Council, 50-year-old Carl Ward caught the headlines with some very Gloomy-Gus talk. Said he:

> When war broke out, aircraft manufacturing was a "sick industry"; when war...