3741 THE TWENTIETH CENTURY-THE GREAT WAR.
engine was brought about through the
cooperation of more than a score of
engineers, who pooled their skill and
trade secrets in the war emergency, working
with the encouragement of the Aircraft
Production Board, the War Department,
and the Bureau of Standards. The story
of the production of this engine is a
remarkable one. Probably the war has
produced no greater single achievement.
"An inspiring feature of this work was
the aid rendered by consulting engineers
and motor manufacturers who gave up
their trade secrets under the emergency
of war needs. Realizing that the new
design would be a Government design
and no firm or individual would reap
selfish benefit because of its making, the
motor manufacturers nevertheless practically revealed their trade secrets, and made
available trade processes of great commercial value. These industries have also
contributed the services of approximately
200 of their best draftsmen."
He stated that parts of the first engine
were turned out at twelve different factories, located all the way from Connecticut to California, and that "when the parts
were assembled the adjustment was perfect
and the performance of the engine was
wonderfully gratifying. Thirty days after
the assembling of the first engine preliminary tests justified the Government in
formally accepting the engine as the best
aircraft engine produced in any country.
The final tests confirmed our faith in the
new motor." He also asserted that the
parts of the motor had been standardized
and that production could proceed with
great rapidity in many factories.
Subsequent developments showed beyond question that in reality the Liberty
Motor was still in an experimental stage.
A great number of changes had to be