AIR: Wooden Ships

From the bowels of a big steel cylinder the men pulled a delicately curved, glass-smooth part of an airplane wing. Bushy-browed, six-foot-six John Carlton Ward Jr. stood by with a father's mixture of modesty, pride and excitement.

Carl Ward, president of Fairchild Engine & Airplane Corp., had good reason for his feelings. One of the great and immediate U.S. aviation needs of 1942 is skilled bomber crews. Without bomber crews there can be no second front, no 1942 or early-1943 offensive. And the plane Carl Ward saw in the making was the answer—a...

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