As in most historical accounts, attention on warplanes has been focused on the planes themselves and on the operations in which they were involved the glamorous elements, as it were. The development and production of the planes themselves did not happen in a vacuum the planes were designed, developed and manufactured by companies. This section highlights some of those companies their histories, their organizational structures, etc and the overall industry of which they were members.
- Two articles, "Turning the X-RAY on the Hiring Line" [ HTML ] and "Management's Part in Personnel Relations" [ HTML ] outline hiring and personnel practices at Lockheed during the industry buildup before the war. They incidentally outline some of the potential labor problems in the industry.
- "Where Are Those Profits?" [ PDF, 4.7 MiB ] , [ HTML ] is a prewar exposition of the complex procurement chains involved in manufacturing warplanes. Example planes are the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and a Beechcraft "Army Twin." During the buildup of the American aviation industry in the year-and-a-half before Pearl Harbor, there were a lot of accusations thrown around about windfall profits. This article was intended to debunk them.
- "Industry Row" [ HTML ] that's "row" as in cat-fight, not "row" as in objects-arrayed-linearly discusses a breakup of the Aeronautical Chamber of Commerce of America. This seems to have been an East-Coast/West-Coast thing, with the Southern California group pulling out.