PRODUCTION: The Biggest?

Which is the biggest U.S. aircraft producer? Last week such a spate of facts, figures & claims hit newspaper headlines that even airmen were baffled.

> Tom Girdler's Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corp. proudly announced that it is the "world's largest producer of airplanes." In 1943, it claimed to have delivered more planes "by weight and number" than any other company.

> Douglas Aircraft proudly announced that it had "set a new world's record" in 1943 in the delivery of combat planes. In the current year, it predicted, it will be far ahead of...

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