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Charles Lindbergh

Ford's Industrial Consultant, proclaimed Willow Run to be "the Grand Canyon of American Industry," and Albert Kahn who designed and supervised construction of the Willow Run Airport and Factory declared it to be, "the largest room in the history of mankind".

Charles E. Sorensen

Ford's Director of Production said, "Willow Run was the biggest challenge of my production career; bigger than the Model T assembly line at Highland Park, and more momentous than the layout and construction of the great River Rouge plant." Without Sorensen's vision to mass produce the B-24 Liberator at the unbelievable rate of one every hour, the Allied Air Forces would not have had the massive number of bombers needed for their missions, and World War II might have had a significantly different outcome. 
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Willow Run. 

Willow Run: Colossus of American Industry 

Author * Warren Benjamin Kidder For Librarians, Museums, and Collectors A Registered Historical Site 


"In sheer magnitude and complexity, the production of the B-24 Liberator bomber at Willow Run represents the greatest mass production achievement of the industrial age, in war or peace (Michigan Historical Review 22:2) Mr. Kidder's description of this achievement makes this book an indispensable addition to the modest shelf of studies of the deserving legend of Willow Run." 

The book Willow Run - Colossus Of American Industry is dedicated to preserving its unparalleled historical significance during World War II. 

After Pearl Harbor, Willow Run and Henry Ford became a rallying point of hope against the Japanese. The Detroit Free Press declared Willow Run to be "America's promise of revenge for Pearl Harbor." 

Willow Run takes the reader from the first pioneers of Michigan, and Henry Ford's soybean fields through the construction of the largest industrial factory in the world with men like Charles Lindbergh, Albert Kahn, Charles Sorensen, and Henry Ford himself. 

It Details the incredible construction of the airport and factory; the station-by-station building of the giant four engine bomber every 59 minutes, the training of tens of thousands of unskilled workers, and the delays caused by massive engineering changes. The 361 pgs. of hardcover contains the only known daily record of Willow Run's first five years, over 110 photographs, and 98 pages of information never before made available to the general public. 

* less American History written by the last person to have lived on Willow Run, and Henry Ford's great grandson, Edsel B. Ford II has given the book its cover accolade. 

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