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 XXVII
REVIEW AND PROSPECT

Now that it is possible to survey the whole field of America's industrial production for war purposes it is plain that the country did much better than it seemed to be doing during the war when the emergency was so pressing, celerity so vital, and each mistake, or delay, or error of judgment loomed so large. In consequence of the basic national fault of not preparing for what was coming, it was necessary to try to do everything in an incredibly short period of time. There was little time for deliberation. Plans and their realization had to be almost simultaneous. Often realization was far advanced before the plan was revealed to be faulty. Marshal Foch's admonition, "Do not delay half a minute!" rang in everyone's ears. Almost everyone who was in touch with the vast effort for production was aware of confusion, personal incompetence, ill-advised courses, and the dilatoriness of official routine. The accumulation

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