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Old 02-10-2018, 09:13 AM   #1
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An interesting video on WW II aircraft production

Henry Ford helped us win the war, so to speak
https://www.youtube.com/embed/iKlt6rNciTo?rel=0
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Old 02-10-2018, 10:50 AM   #2
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Sometimes I think we forget what Ford , GM and Chrysler did to help the Allied Forces win WW2 .
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Jim, thanks for the link, very special to us.

Our kids EXIST because of the 'bomber plant'. Jan's mom and dad met while working at the plant, where Jan's mom was really a 'Rosie the Riveter'. My dad moved to Michigan to be a test pilot at the bomber plant. Between '43 and '45, he flew more than 600 different B-24E, J, H and M's. I still have his log books. His last B24 flight April 23, 1945.

That 5,000.000 sq ft building has a storied history. After WW2, it became the manufacturing plant for Kaiser automobiles and Kaiser aircraft (C-82 and C119 Fairchild cargo planes built under license). In 1953, General Motors' new Hydramatic plant in Livonia MI burned to the ground ("Biggest industrial fire in history") so GM took over the former bomber plant from Kaiser. Willow Run was the principal plant for GM automatic transmissions. In 1959, GM built a adjacent 2,000,000 sq ft assembly plant next to build the Corvair, later Nova and J-body cars.
Those buildings are now closed and mostly torn down. Hydramatic left the bomber plant around 2010. It is all demolished except for a portion which was the B24 final assembly area, now occupied by the Yankee Air Force Museum.
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Very interesting. I'm not sure we could do better nowadays.
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Thanks for the update, J&B....I also find it interesting also about Henry building an "L" to the plant rather than incur higher taxes....
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Thanks for the link Jim. I have always been interested in WWII planes and have visited several museums where they are displayed. Took the Boy Scouts to both the Naval Air Museum at Pensacola and Wright Patterson at Dayton where they had most of the WWII planes on display. I was looking at a plane and this old boy comes up to me at Wright Patterson and says do you know what we called these in the war? I did not. It was a Martin B26. The Baltimore whore he says. They were very fast and had no visible means of support. Stubby wings. He’d been on a crew in the war and wanted to talk to somebody and I was glad I was it. This was in 1999 so he was probably 80 or so. If you ever go towards the black hill in South Dakota there’s a nice little museum at Ellsworth AFB and a tour of a missle silo. Love the nose art on the Bombers. I had oversight for static aircraft in the parks an F84f and a T33 trainer. Had a couple tanks too.
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Jim and company. I can't tell you how pleased Kim and I are seeing the film and reading J&B Mitt's account. This is fascinating stuff to us. Thank you all for brightening our day as well as reminding us why America is so special. Once we are able to hit the highway again we will continue visiting old war birds whenever we run across them. Currently grounded waiting for van delivery. Thanks again for the thread.
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Martin Aircraft in Baltimore as well as Sparrows Point Bethelem steel were both big military suppliers, Martin was on water and provided B26 as well as sea planes. My parents relocated from rural Pennsylvania to Baltimore during the war time build up government employment and I was born there in 1946.
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It was a Martin B26.
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My father was a flight engineer on the B-26. He told me it was the best airplane the military ever made.

And Pensacola's Naval Air Museum is a really nice facility, every bit as modern as the Air & Space Museum in D.C., though smaller. It's worth a visit if you're in the area.
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My father was a flight engineer on the B-26. He told me it was the best airplane the military ever made.

And Pensacola's Naval Air Museum is a really nice facility, every bit as modern as the Air & Space Museum in D.C., though smaller. It's worth a visit if you're in the area.
Both of those museums were free when we were there with the scouts. Even the bus ride at Dayton to the collection of Air Force one planes. They had two Cinemax movies at Dayton that were reasonably priced too. On out way from Apalachicola to Pensacola we saw the Blue Angels practicing over the ocean right along a beach where we’d stopped to stretch our legs. Had some nice planes at Mobile by the Alabama including a Blackbird.
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