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Edited by Hill and Knowlton for the Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation and published every other month. Text and pictures have been cleared for publication with Government authorities. Text may be reprinted with or without credit to Plane Talk. Copies of most pictures can be made available to editors upon request. While manuscripts are not solicited, first hand accounts of experiences by men in the air forces at the fronts will be given careful consideration. All correspondence should be addressed to the office of Hill and Knowlton, Room 3301, 350 Fifth Avenue, New York 1, New York. Format 9" x 12" with 34 pages. The Plane Talk magazine is the merger of two other publications, the Vultair and the Consolidator due to the uniting of Consolidated Aircraft and Vultee Aircraft in March of 1943.

Plane Talk 1943 04
Plane Talk 1943 04
Vol. 1 No. 1 ....... Cover: The Liberator Express - This plane, in volume production on mechanized assembly lines at Consolidated Vultee in Fort Worth, has a loaded weight (including crew, gas, cargo) of around 28 tons. For news of its use in our global war, read "To India's Coral Strand". ....... Articles inside: ..... Our Job Is Building Airpower by Tom M. Girdler ..... Sure! It's the People's War - Even grandmothers help build bombers now ..... Bombing the Japs at Kiska by Lieutenant Nelson H. Drake ..... Flying Jeep - It leaps into the air ..... Perfection Double Checked - How flawless work at Consolidated is assured ..... V - Also Means Vengeance ..... Good Planning Is the Production Secret - An interview with A. J. Brandt ..... Putting 17 Tons of Science Together - This helps take the mystery out of the assembly line ..... Doctors for Wounded Bombers - They are trained at Camp Consair ..... To India's Coral Strand - The Ferry Command girds the earth ..... Six Days Around the World - You may be taking this trip ..... The "Cats" Have Nine Lives by Edward Churchill ..... I Was There! - First hand reports from the air forces ..... Boy Meets Girl - On the Coronado assembly line ..... Let's Go! - Another Liberator oft" to war ..... The Greeks Had a Word for It - But WICs seems a better one ..... New Flight Recorder Never Lies - A Vultee contribution to aeronautics ..... Somehow Surprising - Some pictures of people on the job ..... On the Fighting Fronts - Air power over the enemy

Plane Talk 1943 06
Plane Talk 1943 06
Vol. I No. 2 ....... Cover: Liberator Express in the Far North - Pilot and mechanic of a Liberator express plane in the far north. The pilot, at right, is warming himself with one of the heater units used more generally for warming up motors and compartments in planes. For Dmitri's story on developments near the top of our world, read "Trip to Polaris," Page 22. ( Photo by Ivan Dmitri ) ....... Inside Articles: ....... Airpower and I. M. Laddon - Laddon's thinking is a force in today's history ..... His Other Name Was Jerry - Gerard F. Vultee was a man worth knowing ..... Father of the Man - Boys are going to town, these days ..... Piloting Mr. Churchill - Britain's Prime Minister likes his air travel ..... Riders of the Apocalypse - These are the boys who make a combat crew ..... Hands to Salute - A report from Miami, by John Tower ..... Keep it Moving - Volume production means material in motion. ..... Not In Our Stars, Dear Brutus - How Navigation Officer Douglas Hembrough learned a lesson ..... Revenge Is Sweet - Some of our boys are tasting it now ..... Trip to Polaris - Ivan Dmitri tells of his experience in the North ..... United We Stand - Liberators make Big Business for many a small firm ..... Bombs Away - Lieut. Henry D. Chism tells how the bombsight works. ..... Bill Stout - "It ain't Necessarily So" could be his theme song ..... Plane Spotters' Test - Please name nine Consolidated Vultee planes ..... Bombing Business - Pictures can give you only a bare idea ..... Back Cover - Crew 247 with its Liberator bomber at Davis-Monthan Air Base. "Riders of the Apocalypse" tells the story of this crew, and its training for the tasks that lie ahead. See Page 10.

Plane Talk 1943 09
Plane Talk 1943 09
Vol. I No. 3 ....... Cover: The Navy's "Catalina" ( PBY ) ....... Inside Articles: ....... The Power We Now Have ( Tom Girdler, who helps create it, talks about its future ) ..... Down With Submarines ( How V.L.R. means Liberators in Mr. Churchills language ) ..... Conquest Over Ice ( The story of one of the great steps forward in aviation ) ..... Up Bill Stouts Sleeve ( Howard Stephenson tells what Stout is planning for tomorrow ) ..... The Colonels Flying Circus ( Albert H. Newman interviews Colonel Edward J. Timberlake, Jr. ) ..... Desert Victory in Arizona ( An old Indian idea comes to the aid of plane production ) ..... Production Non-Com ( A foreman tells some of the things a foreman should know ) ..... Giving Aviation a Future ( Francis A. Calley gives you some significant statistics ) ..... How Consairway Trains Navigators ( Charts, as the crew calls him, is a very important man ) ..... Our Liberator is a Honey ( Lieut. Henry D. Chism gives you a look at his diary ) ..... Take-Off for War ( What the Apocalypse Crew did to get ready for battle )

Plane Talk 1943 11
Plane Talk 1943 11
Vol. 1 No. 4 ....... Cover: Air Force Cadet with BT-15 ....... Articles inside: ..... Allowing No Respite ( Peter Masefield, British aviation expert, appraises our airpower ) ..... Riveting My Liberators ( Cassie Giles found her job mighty boring, then made a discovery ) ..... Research for Tomorrow ( A few of the things we have learned with the Aid-chamber's aid ) ..... Patrolling with the CAP ( Major George E. Haddaway, CAP, tells what civil air patrol means ) ..... How the Navy Uses Photography ( Captain L. W. Pope, USN, explains the genesis of some fine pictures. ) ..... Don't Say "Raids" - Say "Missions" ( Fred Barton, Plane Talk correspondent in England, tells you why ) ..... How Shall We Bomb Japan? ( Major George Fielding Eliot analyzes probable American strategy ) ..... Design for Flight ( How a new Consolidated Vultee airplane design is created ) ..... All Aboard for X ( You meet the Who's Who of the World on ATC transports ) ..... Educating Lieutenant Walker ( It costs around $30,000, they estimate, and it's well worth it ) ..... Just a Wonderful Guy ( William A. Mara talks informally about his old friend, Eddie ) ..... Life in a War-time Town ( It's no bed of roses - roses are scarce, like some other things ) ..... Liberators for Lilliputians ( Fine airplane models have military and industrial importance ) ..... The Business Ends of a Liberator - ( The powered turrets of a Liberator make wicked weapons )

Plane Talk 1944 01
Plane Talk 1944 01
Vol. II No. 1 ....... Cover: Above and below you see close-ups of Ivan Dmitri, distinguished photographer and Saturday Evening Post correspondent, who is himself seldom photographed. These snapshots show him in Africa on a recent mission for the Air Transport Command, which carried him through several war theatres. ....... Articles inside: ..... Speaking of Progress - Tom M. Girdler, Chairman of Consolidated Vultee, makes a summary ..... Foreign Service - Men go out from San Diego to help the Air Forces all over the world ..... How Modification Spells Airpower - Had the Germans adopted this technique, they might have won Moscow ..... The Man Who's Killer Kane - Colonel Parham digs down to find what makes a great airman tick ..... Sitting Duck and Phoenix - It is also called the Cat, and is one of the great planes of the war ..... The Bombers and the Bombed - Ivan Dmitri tells you some of the poignant things he has seen ..... Engineering Production - Steps that are necessary to convert a plane design into action ..... Our Far East Strategy - Admiral William V. Pratt analyzes our approach to the Japs ..... Pilot Superstitions - William E. Barrett, himself a flyer, annotates a new mythology ..... Enroute in a Bomber - Fred B. Barton reports on his ride to Iceland in a Liberator ..... 300,000 Rivets - They go into just one Liberator - but first they go into bags ..... Workers Wanted - Today the problem is how to persuade people to apply for a job ..... Bringing Germany to Her Knees - James Cutter explains some details with an easy-to-read map ..... Where Our Air Forces Are - This is not restricted information, but few seem to know about it ..... The Trials of Lester Boner - He lives only on paper and dies for his country innumerable times ..... The Ten Commandments of Sergeant Ranger - Some of the things a Crew Chief on a Liberator has to think about

Plane Talk 1944 03
Plane Talk 1944 03
Vol. II No. 2 ....... Cover: Liberator Express at Air Base in India by Ivan Dmitri ....... Articles inside: ..... Liberator Men in Britain ( Fred B. Barton interviews some of them for you, starting with General Johnson ) ..... Our Flying Spies ( Tremain F. Robinson tells how our aerial photographers make modern Mata Haris ) ..... How an Airplane Flies ( William B. Stout gives you an answer you can pass on to your interested friends ) ..... An AAF Chaplain Speaks ( Men who face death daily are not ashamed to use the name of God in reverence ) ..... Piloting the Rubber Jungles ( S. Burton Heath of Newspaper Enterprise Association reports on Pancho Ramsey and his Catalinas ) ..... The Valiant Basic Trainer ( With a photograph from Vultee Field are given some statistics to make you proud ) ..... Basing Our Airpower ( International air routes are really international chains of bases - here's why ) ..... Burma Road of the Air ( A true story of great heroes with photos by Dmitri and drawings by Lt. Allan Kass ) ..... Air Giants in the Navy ( Lt. C. Q. Mohan gives you the Coronado - Howard Stephenson presents the Navy Liberator ) ..... Admiral Peary - Navy's Prophet of Airpower ( Marie Peary Stafford, his daughter, proves anew that he was a great pioneer ) ..... Reaching Production Goals ( How Charles W. Perelle and his men keep Liberators flowing on a clocked schedule ) ..... Making Tomorrow's Airmen ( Good news from the Civil Air Patrol for boys who want to be airmen - someday ) ..... Trans-Pacific for ATC ( What an airline that few have heard about is doing for the Air Transport Command ) ..... To Be a Part of This Age ( An Oxford graduate, now Liberator pilot, speaks for the new generation of airmen )

Plane Talk 1944 05
Plane Talk 1944 05
Vol. II No. 3 ....... Cover: Navy Liberator in the Pacific - The Navy Liberator, or PB4Y, which in its essentials is the same plane as the Army Liberator, or B-24, is pictured here in a reproduction from an official U.S. Navy kodacolor film. The Navy is using land-based Liberators in steadily increasing numbers for submarine patrol in the Atlantic, for assault on Japanese strongholds in the Pacific. For other Navy pictures, see "Air Sailors in England." ....... Articles inside: ..... Is That a Liberator? ( Sgt. William S. Friedman of the Air Forces Training Aids Division tells you some tricks in aircraft recognition ) ..... Why We Need 20,000 Airstrips ( William A. Mara, now on the staff of Consolidated Vultee's Stinson Division, explains a post-war aviation requirement ) ..... Guardian Angel for Airmen ( From Randolph Field, where Flight Surgeons are trained for our Air Forces, comes this story of their work around the world ) ..... Desert Depot ( Fred Barton, Plane Talk correspondent writing from Cairo, introduces you to some boys who nurse wounded Liberators nearby ) ..... Our Sunday Planes ( Captain Art Keil, CAP, took some handsome pictures to accompany his account of the extraordinary work of the CAP Coastal Patrol ) ..... Bombing Is Our Business ( Lieutenant Horace Lee Williams, USAAF, chats with you quietly from an armchair in the courtyard at Shepheard's Hotel ) ..... Air Luxury for Tomorrow ( Here is the fullest account that has appeared to date of Consolidated Vultee's new airliner for post-war travel ) ..... Hero's Return ( The Squaw, which has come back safely from more than 70 missions and has seen two crews decorated, is introduced in full color ) ..... Counselling the Woman War Worker ( Mary Shipman Jackson, Administrative Assistant to the Director of Industrial Relations, explains the Consolidated Vultee plan ) ..... Air Sailors in England ( The boys who fly the Navy's Liberators are really sailors, speaking sailors' lingo and wearing sailor blues ) ..... Two Reports on our War in the Pacific: Problems in Bombing Japan ( Randall Gould, of the Shanghai Evening Post and Mercury, draws on his long Far East experience to tell how the Japs can take it ) ..... Air Leaps Toward Tokio ( Major General Willis H. Hale, Commanding General of the Seventh Air Force, reports we are getting there in Liberators ) ..... No Milk Run ( Arch Whitehouse tells in his breezy fashion how he spent more time than he'd counted on with some Liberator men in England )

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Plane Talk 1944 07
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Plane Talk 1944 09
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Plane Talk 1944 11
Plane Talk 1944 11
Vol. II No. 6 ....... Cover: Cleaning a Liberator's top turrent guns ....... Inside Articles: ....... Wright Field and the American Future ( Wright Field has supervised the spending of some fifty billion dollars to build American airpower, with results our enemies now know ) ..... Is It Dangerous? ( Flying internationally with ATC is today just a casual adventure for thousands and Fred B. Barton tells you how to meet it ) ..... African Graveyard ( Of all the ruins in Africa, the most useful to us now are the piles of wrecked planes which are down but by no means out ) ..... No Medals For Weather Recco ( Lieutenant Walter Petravage tells you about one of the most difficult jobs a Liberator crew can do weather recco in the Pacific ) ..... Great Bombers to Guard the Peace ( Burnet Hershey describes the international air force we already have, and explains some plans discussed at Dumbarton Oaks ) ..... Training the Foreign Legions ( Thousands of youths from South America, Asia, and Europe have come to America to learn air mastery in Vultee Valiants ) ..... Fire Fighting ( Fire Hazards at bases around the world cannot be banished but here is an example of their highly effective control ) ..... Not A Sparrow Falls ( Every one of our Air Forces has in its Service Command a long arm that reaches out to any plane in trouble ) ..... Painting Speeds Production ( The attractive colors that deck machines and walls in Consolidated Vultee Plants have a sound engineering reason ) ..... Pickled Magnesium ( Research has been busy on the job of discovering ways to extend the usefulness of one of our lightest available metals ) ..... Desert Base for Flying Boats ( How the Australians, when they feared Japanese invasion, built a secret base to keep the gallant Catalinas flying ) ..... Interlude, B-24 ( Master Sergeant Jukes Archer tells how a Jolly Rogers Liberator crew in the South Pacific talks and thinks )

Plane Talk 1945 01
Plane Talk 1945 01
Vol. III No. 1 ....... Cover: ....... Inside Articles: ...

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Plane Talk 1945 03
Detailed updates coming

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Plane Talk 1945 05
Detailed updates coming

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Plane Talk 1945 08
Vol. III No. 4 ....... Cover: ....... Inside Articles: ...




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