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Re: So no canvas... just great craftsmanship!
That year, FDR called for 50,000 new planes for the USAAC. The then current aluminum production would not be sufficient for satisfy the needs of the aircraft industry, the projected PT boat production and the civilian market (the US was not yet at war so civilian aluminum products were still be made).
It was deemed that aircraft production and civilian production was more important.
PT 8 was built prior to the start of the war, in 1940 if I recall correctly. There were no wartime restrictions on aluminum at that time.
won't be aluminum decked as the aluminum is for aircraft priority.
Yep. Good question, especially for a mass produced rush order! Although it would likely be aluminum decked, not mahogany, like one of the PT-8's was. I read that it was like an oven belowdecks when in the sun and too hot to touch.
Wonder if we can do the same today?
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