U.S. Out-Producing World in Planes
WASHINGTON, D.C.—President Franklin D. Roosevelt yesterday claimed the production of airplanes by the United States is greater than the output of the rest of the world. Mr. Roosevelt’s claim was supported with “by weight” figures, not total units of production. He said that one heavy bomber is equivalent to several light planes, so by weight is a better measure of true output than unit numbers. The War Production Board (WPB) today stated “…the United States at last has the machine tools and capital equipment it needs to build production to beat the Axis…” and ordered a cutback in war plant construction and manufacture of machine tools. The WPB acknowledged this will result in some temporary shutdowns and unemployment.