August 1, 1940

Procurement for Defense

We Are Ready


National Aviation


Procurement for Defense

After the Air Defense expansion program has been decided it is the job of the Materiel Division to procure the most efficient planes and equipment. Here's how the industry looks to them.


We Are Ready

Leaders of the aviation industry tell their plans for national defense.

National Aviation

A sailplane designed and built by the Aero Industries Technical Institute won AVIATION magazine’s silver trophy at Elmira for the best technical design contributed to gliding in 1940. Judges appointed by the Soaring Society of America based their award both on the engineering and performance of the Aero I.T.I. sailplane.

Where Should Your New Plant Be Built?

OLD definitions of strategy apply only to the positioning and movement of military forces. Bombardment aviation now makes possible destructive military action against industrial establishments. Strategic consideration must therefore be given before and during war time to means of protection of industrial plants by:

Aviation Manufacturing

Stepping up into the ranks of the major aircraft manufacturers, Courtlandt S. Gross newly elected president of Vega Airplane Co., subsidiary of the Lockheed Aircraft Corp., has announced the immediate construction of a $3,500,000 factory on a 30-acre site adjoining Union Air Terminal, Burbank.

Billions for Air Defense

The military aircraft manufacturers are in for a three-fold expansion in plant space and five-fold increase in personnel.


Speeding Aircraft Production

AMERICA now faces the emergency for which the aviation industry has long been groomed. This, then, is the hour of destiny for American aviation. If we act wisely and vigorously, under the direction of an enlightened government, and with the full cooperation of our armed services, we cannot fail to meet the need.


Mobilizing Sub-Contracting Facilities

IT is not generally recognized outside of the aviation industry that aviation manufacture is largely an assembly business. It is a bringing together of materials, semi-finished parts, completed parts, completed accessories and completed sub-assemblies (such as landing gears, gun mounts, etc.) which are assembled into completed aircraft.


Now We Are in It

WELL, now we are fairly in it. The last time I wrote I said that war might break out at any moment now. It did. Since then we have been in and out of Norway, barring the bit at the top end which we want, presumably so that we can draw our quota of that special breed of iron from the Swedish iron mines which supply Germany through the Baltic when the ice is gone.


Aviation Engineering

At the West Coast Meetings of the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences

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