September 19, 1942

WPB Okays Three Test Craft
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Donald M. Nelson, chairman of the War Production Board (WPB), announced yesterday that the WPB has authorized Henry J. Kaiser and Howard Hughes to build three test super-cargo planes. The experimental planes will be built for a total cost of $18,000,000, and neither Kaiser nor Hughes will make a profit on the venture. The planes will be twin-hulled, seven-engine flying boats weighing sixty tons each, double the size of the Mars flying boat constructed by Glenn L. Martin. They will be designed and built at the Hughes facility in Culver City, Calif., while Kaiser will design a factory for full-scale production if the Army and Navy approve the completed test planes. The letter of intent from the Defense Plant Corporation states the first of the three planes must be completed in fifteen months with all three completed within twenty-four months.

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