Girdler's New Job

Tom Girdler is going into the aircraft business—temporarily at least. Last week he was named chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Vultee Aircraft, Inc. which, by recently swallowing Consolidated (TIME, Dec. 8), promises to become the General Motors of U.S. aircraft.

How long Girdler stays there depends upon how fast he can do the job at hand. "I was born and bred a steel man and want to die a steel man" says he at 64. He remains chairman of Republic Steel, whose directors last week voted to "sacrifice part of...

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