National Geographic : 1944 Mar
Warbirds Hatch Extra Range from this "Egg" Today, the skies over targets deep inside the perimeter of Japan's island defenses know the roar of our Navy's fighters, dive bombers and torpedo planes. Carrier-based aircraft, whose range was once comparatively limited, can now strike at the Japs hundreds of miles in advance of Navy task forces, thanks to the egg each plane carries under its belly. To give our Navy planes this extra range, Fairchild engineers have designed a DURA MOLDED expendable gasoline tank much lighter than its metal counterpart, but hold ing the same amount of fuel. When the egg is sucked dry by the plane's hungry engine, the pilot drops it by simply pressing a button, and switches over to his ship's regular tanks. Built entirely of plywood, it is veneered and shaped by a process known as DURA MOLD. In this process layers of wood, laid cross-grain, are permanently glue-bonded with special resins and moulded under heat and pressure. DURAMOLD, another milestone in the progress of American aviation, is a striking example of Fairchild's "touch of tomorrow in the planes of today." BUY U. S. WAR BONDS AND STAMPS F'AIRCH ILD ENGINE AND AIRPLANE CORPORATION 30 ROCKEFELLER PLAZA, NEW YORK Ranger Aircraft Engines Division, Farmingdale, L. . * Fairchild Aircraft Division, Hagerstown, Md.... Burlington, N. C. * Duramold Division, New York, N.Y.