AVIATION: The Ax for Willow Run

Armed with stacks of statistics, Henry Kaiser and son Edgar appeared before a Senate subcommittee last week to defend their performance in making airplanes at Willow Run. But in the midst of the defense, an aide passed them a note containing some startling news: Air Force Secretary Harold Talbott had just canceled Kaiser's orders for C-119 Flying Boxcars, along with $225 million in orders for 244 assault transports from Chase Aircraft, 49% Kaiser owned. On that note, the hearing abruptly ended.

Next day, the Kaisers laid off 9,000 of their 12,200 workers at...

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