Army & Navy - Hagerstown Gets Hot

Little Hagerstown, Md. (pop. 31,000) last week went on showing the big U.S. munitions makers how to do things.

The burghers of Hagerstown and officials of the local Fairchild Engine & Airplane Corp. had faced two problems: how to keep the war from wrecking the town's economy, and how to make a lot more airplanes without building a lot more plants.

In many towns the city fathers watched the gates of peacetime factories swing shut, watched denimed workers move away to war-industry towns. Not so in Hagerstown.

Fairchild, which had moved into the town in 1929, by 1941 had half the city's...

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