Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some
form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle
my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which
all began in Mayo, MD
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B-24 Liberator Production at Ford's Willow Run Airplane Plant
visitor sent me a link to this video on the Fly
by Night Videos website of Ford's Willow Run Airplane Plant for the B-24 Liberator. 110' wingspan, four 1,200
hp engines, 300+ mph, 3,000 mile range. The workers turned out one plane every 55 minutes at the height of production,
including 1,225,000 parts. 8,685 B-24s were built. It is always amazing to see evidence of the patriotism and dedication
that used to be so prevalent in America. Celebrities were proud of our country and its traditions, and many of them
willingly and proudly served our country.
The Consolidated B-24 Liberator was an American heavy bomber, designed and largely built by the Consolidated
Aircraft Company of San Diego, California. The B-24 ended World War II as the most produced American aircraft of history,
at over 18,000 examples, thanks in large measure to Henry Ford and the harnessing of American industry and still holds
the record as the most-produced American military or naval aircraft. The B-24 was used by several
Allied air forces and navies, and by every branch of the American armed forces during the war, attaining a distinguished
war record with its operations in the Western European, Pacific, Mediterranean, and China-Burma-India Theaters.
video is from the Willow Run assembly plant, run by Ford.