Facts & Figures, Apr. 6, 1942

OPA earmarked 101,536 new tires, 470,317 recaps for April release to salesmen, cabbies and defense workers. Other citizens can walk. If continued, present quotas would keep only 5,000,000 passenger autos on the road—one-sixth the U.S. total.

>After years of experiment, ingenious North American Aviation has found a low-carbon, low-alloy steel suited for airplane wings, stabilizers, rudders, elevators, flaps and ailerons. Combined with a plywood fuselage, it makes a top-notch combat trainer, weighing only 3% (150 lb.) more than an aluminum ship. The aluminum saved on 1,000 steel-plywood jobs would make 420 sleek pursuit...

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