Wings of War: An Account of the Important Contribution of the United States to Aircraft Invention, Engineering, Development and Production during the World War

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CHAPTER IX
BIRTH OF THE LIBERTY ENGINE

ONCE the conception of an American standardized motor of power possibilities that would keep it in the field for two or three years or longer was crystallized it won almost immediate favor in the higher aircraft circles. The idea was in accordance with the views of all the foreign aviation missions then in America, at least so far as the phase of standardization and large power was concerned. Even though they strongly favored their own evolving engines of high power they could but see in the proposed new motor one more candidate for the final honors. There was no reason why America should not try to create the desired engine. The new idea promised action, and as the engine is the major factor in aircraft construction, it also promised a solid foundation for the whole future structure of the program. It was as a beacon in the darkness.

Having firmly grasped the idea of an engine

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