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Old 03-31-2010, 09:09 AM   #1
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It's been widely documented that Henry Ford opposed America's entry into World War II. Some folks claim that the reasoning behind Ford's decision was simply because he was a pacifist. Others believe the notion that Ford had darker beliefs and had ali...

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Old 03-31-2010, 09:36 AM   #2
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Keep them coming Ryon. Love your posts.
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Old 03-31-2010, 10:14 AM   #3
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"...now none of this seems topical to the Jalopy Journal..."

HAAHH!!! I-94 going from Detroit to Willow Run was called "Bomber Highway" by the locals. Bomber Highway was a favorite spot for racing and running flat out back in those days. Dad and some of the other old gents from the time had "war stories" of bike runs and racing through the early-mid 50s. Great post Ryan. That whole time period is one I'm fond of. The fashions, the cars, furnishings, movies, all on topic as far as I'm concerned. In firearms, a 1911 A1 is a thing of beauty and it reigned supreme, one of my favorite Packards are the 41 models, who doesn't like a 41 Ford, totally on topic. Thanks again bro.
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"...now none of this seems topical to the Jalopy Journal..."

IMO not many posts have been more topical to the Jalopy Journal. Great post Ryan. Thanks to your old man for sharing with you and to you for sharing with us.

It is due to the sacrifices of the men (and women) of this era that we have the freedom's of today to enjoy our hot rods and customs.

May God bless them all.
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Old 03-31-2010, 10:24 AM   #5
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I looks like the guy coming out of the Ford Tri-Motor is Henry Ford II who was in the Navy at the beginning of WWII, but Henry got him released to run the Willow Grove Plant.


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Old 03-31-2010, 11:09 AM   #6
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Great pictures... and jsut since it seems to tie in... for anyone interested in Ford's industrial and social philosophy's, the new book "Fordlandia" is a must read. The Book is about Ford's failed rubber plantation(s) in the Amazon, but much of the content centers around Ford's personal and corperate, industrial and social philosophys, which promoted such a massive undetaking in Brazil...
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Old 03-31-2010, 12:21 PM   #7
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Thanks Ryan.. Let's not forget all those workers that hepled the war cause too.
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Old 03-31-2010, 01:09 PM   #9
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Henry saw the returning ravages of WW1 and knew what war was.....
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Old 03-31-2010, 01:39 PM   #10
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The production numbers of all divisions at Ford that were building equipment for WWII has always been quite impressive.....American industry was once a pretty powerful thing in this country. Just think if we didn't have aviation like that Bill Burke might have built lakes cars out of cut down Airstream campers.
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Old 03-31-2010, 01:40 PM   #11
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Great pictures Ryan! Thanks for posting. I have a good book about Henry Ford's involvement in the aviation industry at home, can't remember the name of the book or the author. I will post more info on it to this thread when I get home tonite. Also, another good read is "Ford, the Men and the Machine" by Robert Lacey. It was published in 1986 and has been out of print for years, but you can find copies on eBay. Alot of un-authorized history on Henry Ford and his dealings.
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Great pictures... and jsut since it seems to tie in... for anyone interested in Ford's industrial and social philosophy's, the new book "Fordlandia" is a must read. The Book is about Ford's failed rubber plantation(s) in the Amazon, but much of the content centers around Ford's personal and corperate, industrial and social philosophys, which promoted such a massive undetaking in Brazil...
Man, Iíve been trying to get ahold of a copy of Fordlandia for months. My library ordered it, but it never came until I was away, and then it went back before I could pick it up.

One of my favorites is an extensive biography of Henry Ford, Edsel, and Henry II, called Ford: The Men and the Machine. Itís a great piece with coverage of everything you might want to know about the Ford Empire: Harry Bennet, the Peace Ship, the battle against the Dodge Brothers, etc. Very much worth the read.

I just wish somebody would do a similar treatment of other auto pioneers. Iíve read halfway decent biographies of Billie Durant and the Dodge Brothers, but after the Ford book, they kinda left me cold.

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Old 03-31-2010, 04:12 PM   #13
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Ryan that was cool great pictures. Hey guys in north west indiana area and in chicago land area. . Ford was just down the street he owned lansing airport in illinios the hanger that is sitting on the northwest corner was build by henry ford. I also think its got a blue oval painted on the top of it? Any info out there. Thanks knuck from indiana.
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Man, Iíve been trying to get ahold of a copy of Fordlandia for months. My library ordered it, but it never came until I was away, and then it went back before I could pick it up.


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I should have been more specific... my copy is "Fordlandia - The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City" 2009 pressing...
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Old 03-31-2010, 04:26 PM   #15
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I've seen that photo exposť on Willow Run before and it is BREATHTAKING for a B-24 nut such as myself. I highly suggest hitting Thunder Over Michigan at Willow Run airport. This year they are shooting to have 10 B-17s there. The last time they tried was '05 and they got 8. Pretty cool to see that many in the air. I think BOTH flying B-24s will be there as well which is a pretty rare occurance.
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Old 03-31-2010, 04:46 PM   #16
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The production numbers of all divisions at Ford that were building equipment for WWII has always been quite impressive.....American industry was once a pretty powerful thing in this country. Just think if we didn't have aviation like that Bill Burke might have built lakes cars out of cut down Airstream campers.
If it wasn't for aviation we wouldn't HAVE Airstream campers!
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Old 03-31-2010, 04:56 PM   #17
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Does anyone know if Ford built or supplemented production of the Bell P-39 Airacobra as pictured in slide 3???

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I don't believe so, but I can find out.
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Old 03-31-2010, 05:16 PM   #19
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I was born here in Michigan in '57...quite a while after the war. I never realized the importance of Willow Run Airport until I grew a little older, but I knew the name. Kids listen to the grown-ups talk...I was no exception, and remember Willow Run being referred to by the adults with a certain reverence. And that was well into the '60s...years after World War Two.
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My first old Ford was a '42 GPW. Thanks for the reminder. That is the one vehicle I wish I had back...
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