AVIATION: Planemakers' Prospects

One afternoon last week, workers on B-29s in Boeing's Seattle and Renton, Wash, plants lifted their heads at the sudden blare of loudspeakers. In short, crisp sentences, the bad news came. The U.S. Army, which had planned to cut back Boeing's B-29 production gradually, had suddenly decided to swing the big ax. Instead of 122 B-29s this month, it wanted only 50; instead of 20 next month, it wanted only ten.

Next day, the Seattle plant shut down entirely; the Renton plant closed everything but the final assembly line. Cheerfully, 21,200 of the...

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