Re: Aircraft plant called "Consolidated"
Greetings, Emma Odom !
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This one I simply must reply to.
As a boy, 13/18, I lived across from a huge, open field in
White Settlement, a small community/city which abutts
Fort Worth from the west.
My step-father, Calvin Naylor Smith, presented me with a
410 shotgun for my 13th birthday, which was 17 Jan 1938.
In the following years,I spent many days hunting cottontails on the property, which was to become the site of Consolidated Aircraft. This was north of our property.
As I recall, the plant actually belonged to the Ford Motor Company, which had a lease arrangement with Consolidated.
This was the home of the famous B-24 Liberator Bombers, thousands of which were made here by you and your contemporaries.
If I am not mistaken, these were made accordiing to Ford's
mass production concept, on continuous production lines
This heavy bomber was operational from Sept-1941 to 1947.
The B-24 was a stalwart during WW II, campaigning in the Middle East, Mediterranean, Europe and Pacific theaters.
My reference states that a total of 18,188 Liberators were built, a greater number than any other aircraft made during WW II.
Rosie, you did good work.