Quality is Job #1...

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bob.pasch
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Quality is Job #1...

I have always been amazed when we discuss vintage aircraft and I always relate the story of the DC3. During the height of production on any given day, you start your shift and when you go home there are TWO brand spanking new DC3s sitting on the flight line. That was before I found this.

The Genius of Henry Ford is readily apparent and this was BEFORE Pearl Harbor! At Ford's B-24 Bomber Plant at Willow Run, MI. Henry was determined that he could mass produce bombers just as he had done with cars. He built the Willow Run assembly plant and proved it. It was the world's largest building under one roof. Even then FORD HAD A BETTER IDEA!

This film will absolutely blow you away – one B-24 every 55 minutes.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/iKlt6rNciTo?rel=0

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dhpnet
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Great video, AskBob! Obviously it didn't take only an hour to build one of these, like the videos says. But it is amazing to think about the infrastructure required to pop one out every hour. It's too bad that they had to be built for dropping bombs on people in war, but I am glad we had the capability. My grandfather died fighting against the National Socialists in Germany. I wish I could have known him, but I have always considered him a hero for fighting against the tyranny of socialism.

bob.pasch
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Yeah, you're right! In actuality Ford was rolling a Liberator off the Willow Run production line every 63 minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from the summer of 1941 thru May 1945...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willow_Run

BTW, with all due respect to your grandfather and all those who've served, we're living deep in socialism today thanks to our POTUS...

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Nice link to Wikipedia, Bob. A lot of interesting info on that page. They rolled a Liberator off the production line every 63 minutes, but I wonder how long it took to make a Liberator from start to finish. The article and movie doesn't say.

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