National Geographic : 1944 Feb
New Magic from the Mysterious Electron Through X-ray, the unfathomable electron has saved millions of lives. Through radio, it has extended man's hearing to every corner of the world. Through television, it permits him to see beyond all previous limits of sight. And now Fairchild's Duramold engineers have harnessed the electron to a new and urgent task-the manufacture of aircraft components. The usual plywood techniques for joining thin layers of wood could not be applied in making highly stressed, thick sections. New methods were needed-in a hurry. Duramold engineers found the solution in electronic energy, employing radio high fre quency with apparatus similar to that used by radio stations in sending out short wave broadcasts. Heat generation by radio frequency, cou pled with special adhesives, now turns out better, stronger aircraft parts. And the pro duction cycle has been clipped from hours to minutes. The use of electronics is be coming a new and important technique in Duramold's process for assembling molded wood structures. Thanks to the ingenuity of Fairchild engi neers, with their flair for getting the "touch of tomorrow in the planes of today," a new technique has been successfully applied toward the common goal of turning out stronger planes-and doing it faster. BUY U. S. WAR BONDS AND STAMPS S rFAIRCHILD ENGINE AND AIRPLANE CORPORATION 30 ROCKEFELLER PLAZA, NEW YORK Ranger Aircraft Engines Division, Farmingdale, L.I. * Fairchild Aircraft Division, Hagerstown, Md.... Burlington, N. C. * Duramold Division, New York, N.Y.