"An airplane is like an egg. It has to be sold when fresh."
This is one of the favorite sayings of North American Aviation Inc.'s white-haired Chairman James Howard Kindelberger. Last week bustling "Dutch" Kindelberger got himself a vast, new henhouse, where he hoped to hatch the freshest eggs in the industry.
With the U.S. Navy's blessing, North
American took over the Navy's big (1,400,000 sq. ft.) reserve aircraft plant at Columbus, Ohio, which Curtiss-Wright Corp. had been using to make parts and modify planes. North American thus boosted its plane-building space by...