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Keep 'em Flying KELLETT NEWS Beat the Dates Vol. I -- No. 13 Philadelphia, Pa. February -- 1942 [[LEFT COLUMN]] MESSAGE THE WILL TO WIN By R.G. KELLETT THE AIR CORPS will be built up to a force of a million men in nineteen forty-two, and then doubled again at a later date. That was the announcement made a few days ago by Secretary of War Stimson. A few days previously, Secretary of the Navy Knox had stated that immediate steps were being taken for the training of thirty thousand pilots per year. Then there will be hundreds of thousands of Naval air force enlisted men. That is what it is going to take to fly and revise the Air Corps--one hundred and eighty-five thousand planes together with some thirty thousand for the Navy. When you consider that the entire Army (all branches) at the end of the last war totalled four million men, of whom only a couple of hundred thousand were in the Air Corps, it gives you an idea of the increased importance of the airplane in this war. Again, when you consider that last Fall our entire Army, Regulars, National Guard and Selectees, in all branches of the service, totalled less than a million, you can appreciate what a job it will be to build just the Air Corps alone, to the proposed numbers. To keep the Air Corps in balance, the equipment must be available as the total personnel increases. One is of little use without the other. To do this is the job of the aircraft industry. A few months ago, before the Government stopped publicity and monthly production figures, the number produced per month compared favorably with the twelve months' totals pf five or six years ago. Today we are well ahead of even those figures, but the hard part is still ahead. During the two months we have been in the war, our allies and ourselves, with the exception of Russia, have been entirely on the defensive, withdrawing here and retreating there. This may have been good strategy under the circumstances, but withdrawals never won a war. This situation has been brought about largely by our lack of air power. Russia, on the other hand, has had superiority of the air and has been able to attack. That just about tells the story. We as a nation have every confidence that we cannot lose. That confidence is well grounded only if there goes with it the (Continued on page 2) [[middle column]] GLENN MARTIN'S ACES The Maryland [[Image of a a warplane]] [[Image caption]] "We can outfly them and outshoot them," said one British pilot. "She can take an unbelievable strafing and still get home on one engine if need be," said another British pilot in the African campaign. [[End Image Caption]] "We are proud of the work being done today in Africa by the "Marylands," said Terry E. Stephenson, Jr., of the Glenn L. Martin Company. Kelletts are equally proud of their part in the building of this notable fighter and bomber, as also of its still more forbidable sister ship, "The Baltimore." Built around the express requirements of the Royal Air Force, as proven in modern warfare, the "Baltimore," built by the Glenn L. Martin Company as model 187, is reputed to be an exceptionally versatile warplane. In addition to its primary purpose as a medium bomber, it is designed for long-range reconnaissance mission and even to accept the gauge of battle as a fighter if necessary. It is believed to be the fastest bomber of its class in the world and is equipped to carry heavy offensive and defensive firepower, including powerdriven turrets. According to Glenn L. Martin, president of the company which turns out this fast bomber, the "Baltimore" is expected to "prove superior to any aircraft of its type now flying in Europe and to outperform many of the latest pursuit types in actual combat." Lighter than the new B-26, Martin's present contribution to the U. S. Army Air Forces, the "Baltimore is very much heavier than the model 167 or "Maryland," the ship now doing such splendid work for the British in Africa. It is a mid-wing, deep-waisted design powered with two Wright engines of 1600 horsepower each and carries a crew of four. It has an all-plastic nose, allowing a wide range of visibility for the bombardier--a feature first introduced in the B-26, although it general structure the noses differ considerably. Other interesting applications of plastics have been made in this airplane, although details are at present considered confidential. At the time of writing, no information is available concerning the "Baltimore" in action. Just where it will see service and when is still a military secret. On the other hand, a great deal of favorable comment has been made in recent weeks concerning the fighting prowess of the "Maryland." Just how valuable the "Maryland" has been to the British in the African campaign can best be illustrated by quoting in part a recent letter received by the Martin (Continued on page 3) Awards for Helpful Suggestions It has been decided that employees and management alike will benefit by a plan whereby the company will receive suggestions from its employees and will make monthly cash awards for those suggestions which are adopted. Suggestion boxes will be placed centrally at the following places: One on the Third Floor; one on the Second Floor; one in the Sheet Metal Assembly Department on the First Floor; one in the Steel Shop on the First Floor. These suggestions will be collected monthly beginning the first week in March and reviewed by the Management. Contributors of those suggestions which are adopted by the company will be awarded $5.00 for their idea. Suggestion forms will be made available by the timekeepers and will consist of a portion on which the idea is to be written and a stub which is to be detached and retained by the contributor. The form and stub are to be signed by the contributor, using his own name or a non-de-plume as he pleases. When a suggestion is adopted, the identifying signature will be posted and the contributor can then claim his aware by presenting his stub. As awards are made, they will be published monthly in the Kellett News. C.J. Sprague, Personnel Director. Kellett Nurse Reports Accidents are decreasing and and lost time due to colds has been considerably reduced. Mr. Frank Boyles has been discharged from the hospital and is now convalescing at his home. Charles Seipel underwent an operation for Appendicitis Wednesday at the Germantown Hospital. His condition is good. [[Middle Right Column]] BUY MORE BONDS We are not boasting of results to date. Maybe we set our hopes too high, for we aimed at one hundred per cent. There's time yet tho' and the coming week may tell the story. So far two hundred and six (206) employees have purchased defense bonds at a total of six hundred eighty-three dollars ($683) weekly. In purchasing Defense Bonds you are fulfilling two purposes: First you are lending greatly needed financial help to your Government in the prosecution of a vicious war, which affects you as well as any other American. Secondly, you are building for your own personal future and the future security of your family. You can't afford to lag behind in this combined patriotic and self protection plan. Subscribe now -- for all you can stand. [[ Right Column ]] Kellett's Housewarming Party [[image of Mr. Kellett at a microphone]] [[caption]] Mr. Kellett Speaks [[end caption]] Another milestone in Kellett history was recorded at Plant No. 2, Sunday night, February 1st. Several hundred Kellett employees, with their families, gathered in celebration of the opening of this much needed addition to the manufacturing facilities of their company. To those who attended, there's nothing to be said beyond we're glad you were there and hope you had a good time, and benefitted by the things you heard and saw. We are sure you did. To those who failed to get there, we're telling you--you missed aplenty. First, you missed seeing No. 2 plant, which because of its newness and general layout, including space for further expansion, offers great possibilities for future development. Second, you missed seeing and hearing the great Christie with his "talking" accordion. Third, you missed an enlightening and inspiring talk by our own "R.G.". "We can't win this war with horse-play" said Mr. Kellett. It takes work and more work, and until this is fully realized by defense workers whether in Kelletts or in others of the great number of plants engaged in defense work, we cannot hope to halt the march of those self-appointed rulers of all mankind. Mr. Kellett appealed to wives of workers to be patient, as a terrible burden is resting on the shoulders of their husbands. Leisure time is a forgotten factor and that must be realized. Fourth, you missed an hour of some of the most extraordinary film pictures ever taken, representing an investment by the Curtis Wright Corporation of over fifty thousand dollars, and intended for exclusive showing within the aviation industry. These pictures were narrated by Lowell Thomas and depicted the development and growth of the gigantic plants of the Curtis Wright Corporation, and covered all of the various phases of manufacturing, including engines and mountings, fusilages and wings, propellors, landing gears, instrument boards, all shown from early stages ofmanufacture to complete assembly and factory tests, followed by thrilling performances in the air. We are greatly indebted to the Curtis-Wright Corporation and Mr. R Pontius, resident inspector, for the opportunity of showing these most remarkable pictures. Then the kiddies came into their own with a "Walt Disney" that brought them, and grown ups too, to almost the hilarious stage. Again you missed a great treat in the showing of Kellett Auto-giro pictures, chronicaling the early stages of the "giro"; street and roof landings; bucking snow drifts in take-offs; Army maneuvers by a squadron of six Kellett Giros, dusting crops with insecticide spray, and numerous other most extraordinary performances, proving the versatility of the Autogiro. Great surprise was shown that the Autogiro had so many important uses, all of which has to do with the future of Kelletts. We told you there's no limit and that's not based on imagination either. Our Vice-President, Mr. R. H. Prewitt added greatly to the in- Continued on page 4)
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