The U.S. Navy's Bureau of Aeronautics last week released some good news about aircraft production and deliveries:
¶ Last July 1, the Navy had 2,172 good, bad and indifferent airplanes. May 1, the Navy had 3,476 planes.
¶ About 600 of the new planes were combat types. The rest were essential trainers.
Even more encouraging than the total increase was the rate of deliveries. In the first four months of 1940, the Navy got 79 new planes. In the last four months, it received 464. Deliveries during the first four months of this year: 996.*
¶ Most surprising, most...