EMPLOYMENT: The Fattest Contracts Ever


Planemaker Donald Douglas sat down in the Wings Club in Manhattan with the presidents of three airlines. Panagra's Harold J. Roig, American Airlines' A. N. Kemp and United Air Lines' W. A. Patterson. When Planemaker Douglas left, 12 minutes later, he had in his pocket the fattest airline contracts ever placed in the U.S. aircraft industry. The contracts gave Douglas the job of building 93 four-engined airliners, more than $50,000,000 worth, for postwar delivery.

The planes will be of two types: 44-passenger DC-45, with a top speed of 280 m.p.h., and so-passenger...

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