A Lot of Airplanes

The War Production Board had good news for the U.S. last week: October air craft production hit a new record of 8,362 planes (764 more than September), thus reached the long-sought 100,000-a-year rate for the first time.†

Overall monthly totals may conceal grave lags in the kind of bombers and fighters the armed forces need most. For window-dressing purposes, any month's total could easily be pushed to 10,000 by concentrating on trainer planes. But the October figures were solid, according to WPB production experts.

In its almost incredible expansion from 3,675 planes a year in 1938 to 8,362 a month now, the...

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