Then came Camp Bowie and Camp Taliaferro in In , as war raged in Europe, many Americans believed—months before Pearl Harbor—that the United States would be dragged into the seemingly distant war.
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Carter ramrodded a chamber of commerce committee that began lobbying Washington and Consolidated Aircraft Corporation, offering incentives if the government would build Consolidated a military aircraft factory in Cowtown. But then on December 22, the Morning News announced that Tulsa, not Fort Worth, would get the prized aircraft plant, which would employ five thousand workers.
He slapped backs harder, he twisted arms tighter. Three days later, on December 30, the Morning News announced that both cities might indeed get an aircraft plant.
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The two plants would be identical. Carter wanted the Fort Worth plant to be bigger than the Tulsa plant. Army architects added two more support columns and twenty-nine feet to appease the publisher. The plant, on twelve hundred acres at Lake Worth , would employ fourteen thousand workers, turn out fifty bombers a month. The plant, civic leaders crowed, would attract other industries, create the need for more housing.
On January 5, the Star-Telegram published a map showing the location of the new bomber plant on Lake Worth.
The Army Air Corps announced that it would assign a heavy bombardment group to the airfield. The groundbreaking ceremony for the bomber plant was held on April 18, Master of ceremonies? Amon himself. Brigadier General G. Amon Carter and General Brant jointly manned the silver spade to turn some dirt for the groundbreaking of the plant. Then came December 7.
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Remember that this flurry of activity to build bomber plants and airfields had taken place during peacetime. Imagine the urgency now that America was at war! Fast-forward to April 17, With completion of that first bomber, the bomber plant, too, was declared completed—and two months early. That commemorative edition of the Star-Telegram was filled with ads by local businesses congratulating Consolidated.
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The plant turned out T-6 trainers and P fighters. Thus, the plant needed a lot of lights its fluorescent light tubes could stretch from Fort Worth to Dallas and air conditioning fourteen thousand gallons of water a minute were pumped from Lake Worth to run the refrigeration system, which had a cooling capacity equal to five hundred thousand home refrigerators. San Diego's Navy.
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