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...