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B-24 Willow Run Assembly Plant (video)
http://www.youtube.com/embed/iKlt6rNciTo?rel=0 ^

Posted on 05/25/2013 8:15:42 AM PDT by shove_it

Ford's B-24 Bomber Plant at Willow Run, MI, dedicated June 16, 1941 before the USA entered WW2. Henry Ford 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 at the time. Even then FORD HAD A BETTER IDEA!

This plant rolled one B-24 off the assembly line every 55 minutes. ADOLF HITLER HAD NO IDEA THE U.S. WAS CAPABLE OF THIS KIND OF THING.


TOPICS: VetsCoR
KEYWORDS: memorialday; michigan; ww2

1 posted on 05/25/2013 8:15:42 AM PDT by shove_it
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To: cripplecreek
ping
Go Wings!
2 posted on 05/25/2013 8:18:52 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Ditto that!


3 posted on 05/25/2013 8:22:11 AM PDT by shove_it (long ago Orwell, Huxley and Rand warned us about 0bama's USA)
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
Arsenal of Democracy. BTW, the plane that recently crashed in Afghanistan killing 7 was based at Willow run.

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4 posted on 05/25/2013 8:29:03 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: shove_it

http://thefutureofthings.com/column/6678/detroit-s-dream-of-aircraft-production.html

...In contrast to what was portrayed in wartime propaganda, it took around two years to reach reasonable output and the plant suffered from continuous problems during the critical years of 1942-1943.

Many of the planes produced at Willow Run went straight to other factories upon leaving the production line in order to receive the latest updates before the US Army Air Force accepted them into service.

In early 1943 Willow Run came under congressional scrutiny because of its failures. Senator Harry Truman, chairman of the War Investigating Committee, alleged that production at the plant amounted virtually to none. The nickname “Will It Run” appeared at that time and stuck.

Willow Run eventually produced 8,685 Liberator bombers and exemplified what could be achieved by using modern production lines, but it also proved that building a bomber was not at all like building a car...


5 posted on 05/25/2013 8:31:16 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: shove_it
A once proud and great nation.

Good Hunting... from Varmint Al

6 posted on 05/25/2013 8:36:41 AM PDT by Varmint Al
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To: jjotto

Pretty much true of virtually all of our military production of the time. Kinda like the “Victory ships” that broke in half.

Everything was a rush job but in the end they got the job done.


7 posted on 05/25/2013 8:41:57 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Varmint Al

If we ever had to quickly war up and mass produce again for a real war and real threat, we’d have to get the Chinese to do it.


8 posted on 05/25/2013 8:44:16 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: jjotto

Willow Run - WWII’s Solyndra.


9 posted on 05/25/2013 8:45:34 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything. Bolshies' gonna bolsh.)
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To: cripplecreek

Under war-time orders, Bohn Aluminum and Brass of Adrian, moved to creating magnesium blocks and sundry parts for the Will-It-Run assembly.

The Mag-blocks of all those Ford “fly-boy” engines were cast, cut and bored in Adrian, MI and they cranked them out!

They are now under the auspices of Hydro-Aluminum USA, one of my previous employers.


10 posted on 05/25/2013 8:48:05 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Paine in the Neck

You got the right screen name.


11 posted on 05/25/2013 8:49:13 AM PDT by shove_it (long ago Orwell, Huxley and Rand warned us about 0bama's USA)
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To: cripplecreek

Oh yeah. War is wasteful, in more ways than one.

I ran across a reference in a WWII book to union sabotage when Willow Run opened, but on-line references are pretty well scrubbed.

The Nazi-Soviet Pact had American leftists, prominent in unions, wanting to stay out of the war and halt aid to capitalist Britain. Thus the incidents of sabotaging the war effort early on.


12 posted on 05/25/2013 8:52:47 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: shove_it
The B-24 "Witchcraft" has been flying around the valley here for the past week as it does every May, along with B-17 "Nine-O-Nine" and P-51 "Betty Jane".

I never get tired of watching and listening to 'em. Beautiful machines.

13 posted on 05/25/2013 8:53:06 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: jjotto

“Willow Run eventually produced 8,685 Liberator bombers and exemplified what could be achieved by using modern production lines, but it also proved that building a bomber was not at all like building a car...”
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My dad was on the engineering team that transformed the AC Spark Plug Co. in Flint to producing machine guns employing mostly housewives. His counterparts at the armories said it couldn’t be done but it was done on a production line basis and in a hurry. The feats accomplished during those years to produce the war material needed to win it could not be duplicated today.


14 posted on 05/25/2013 9:00:53 AM PDT by shove_it (long ago Orwell, Huxley and Rand warned us about 0bama's USA)
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To: shove_it

My dad was a B24 tailgunner out of Spinazola Italy. I’m a big B24 fan, it didn’t get the press of the B17.


15 posted on 05/25/2013 9:03:38 AM PDT by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: DaxtonBrown

Secretary of War Stimson completely bought Boeing’s publicity about their B-17.


16 posted on 05/25/2013 9:08:10 AM PDT by AceMineral (History always favors the winners.)
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To: DaxtonBrown
Unmistakable bomber ...
17 posted on 05/25/2013 9:16:32 AM PDT by shove_it (long ago Orwell, Huxley and Rand warned us about 0bama's USA)
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To: jjotto

We certainly made some of the incredible technological advances during the war.


18 posted on 05/25/2013 9:20:12 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Unfortunately, that generation of leftists saw the war effort as proof that command-and-control economies work. Thus we had the “War and Poverty” and now have totalitarian regulations to prevent “Climate Change”.

Major war also rips a generation from its family and place, enabling baser instincts that violate hard-learned moral standards.


19 posted on 05/25/2013 9:27:15 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: jjotto

Wasn’t there a factory utilizing just-in-time manufacturing methods that produced a superior plane - perhaps the B-25??


20 posted on 05/25/2013 9:36:36 AM PDT by Dansong
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To: cripplecreek
Everything was a rush job but in the end they got the job done.

Even their two aircraft carriers located in Lake Michigan........

A while back I got an email link to these two ships. the site had tons of pictures of the carriers in action and on deck and off deck crashes of the planes. It was pretty incredible......

USS Wolverine (IX-64) was a freshwater aircraft carrier of the United States Navy during World War II. She had been converted from a paddlewheeler coal-burning steamer to be used for advanced training for naval aviators in carrier take-offs and landings in Lake Michigan…

21 posted on 05/25/2013 9:37:41 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: Dansong

Don’t know about JIT mfg. of the B-25 but it was famous for crashing into the Empire State Building ...

https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS495US496&ion=1&ie=UTF-8#gs_rn=12&gs_ri=psy-ab&cp=53&gs_id=1&xhr=t&q=The+Plane+That+Crashed+Into+the+Empire+State+Building&es_nrs=true&pf=p&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS495US496&output=search&sclient=psy-ab&oq=The+Plane+That+Crashed+Into+the+Empire+State+Building&gs_l=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.47008514,d.eWU&fp=e50ff7c0263e4889&biw=0&bih=465&ion=1

Wow, what a long link!


22 posted on 05/25/2013 9:53:37 AM PDT by shove_it (long ago Orwell, Huxley and Rand warned us about 0bama's USA)
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To: jjotto
and at one point the union had a massive strike...
23 posted on 05/25/2013 10:02:39 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: shove_it

“ADOLF HITLER HAD NO IDEA THE U.S. WAS CAPABLE OF THIS KIND OF THING.”

It’s the same with American liberals today.


24 posted on 05/25/2013 10:32:54 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (ok)
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To: cripplecreek

“ships that broke in half”

WWII submarine/ship welding was a great impetus for the development of non-destructive testing technology of welds. The requirements were to fill the notch between two adjoining plates with weld material, a time consuming, difficult process. The welders would fill most of the notch with welding rods and weld over the top, giving an outward appearance of a satisfactory weld.


25 posted on 05/25/2013 1:03:32 PM PDT by Western Phil
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To: Western Phil

Interesting post about the welding.
Was that laziness or inexperience?


26 posted on 05/25/2013 1:12:19 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: shove_it
We posted an article about the Willow Run plant for May 22, 1942 a year ago. See images #6 and #7.

WWII + 70 years, May 22, 2012.

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27 posted on 05/25/2013 1:25:22 PM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: shove_it

I am glad they were on our side...


28 posted on 05/25/2013 1:26:03 PM PDT by Shady (The Truth will set us free....WE KNOW THE TRUTH!)
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To: shove_it

My Wife’s Dr. Had his office on the 78th floor...been there many times...


29 posted on 05/25/2013 1:27:49 PM PDT by Shady (The Truth will set us free....WE KNOW THE TRUTH!)
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To: Homer_J_Simpson; skeeter; DaxtonBrown; cripplecreek; All

Great stuff, Homer. You just reminded me of a big slideshow I posted three years ago about the Willow Run plant ...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-vetscor/2467156/posts


30 posted on 05/25/2013 1:43:10 PM PDT by shove_it (old Old Guardsman)
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To: nascarnation

It was deliberate malfeasance to get credit for work not done.


31 posted on 05/25/2013 1:44:45 PM PDT by Western Phil
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To: Dansong

JIT Production ...

http://www.strategosinc.com/just_in_time.htm


32 posted on 05/25/2013 2:52:20 PM PDT by shove_it (old Old Guardsman)
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To: shove_it

Thanks for B24 pic, goes in my collection.


33 posted on 05/28/2013 2:11:18 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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