Transport: Men Wanted

During Chicago's International Air Show, the Assistant Secretary of War, thin-haired, pipe-smoking Colonel Louis Arthur Johnson, puffed out a big boast: "No matter what anyone may say, the United States is supreme today in airplanes—supreme in quality and in numbers." Colonel Johnson declared "the numbers stand about as follows: U. S. (on hand and under construction) 16,000; France 11,000; Russia 10,000; Great Britain 9,000; Germany 8,000; Italy 7,000; Japan 7,000." Listeners knew he must be including every last U. S. airplane, from flivver to biggest Army bomber. They knew also that most airplane...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!