For a Peacetime Air Force of 50,000 Planes
THE United States aircraft industry built 117 planes during September, 1939, when the European war started. Total output that year was 2,400 planes, including scores of trainers. On Dec. 7, 1941, we had 159 four-engine bombers. The Army Air Forces had 1,157 first line combat planes, with only 526 of these strategically located to meet possible attacks on Hawaii and the Philippines.
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