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Polishing propellers

Polishing propellers

Three men in shop polishing airplane propellers.

Curtiss Aeroplane & Motor Co., Bristol fighter assembly

Curtiss Aeroplane & Motor Co., Bristol fighter assembly

Interior of airplane plant, Buffalo, N.Y. No. 1110.

Curtiss Aeroplane & Motor Co., Bristol fighter fuselage dept

Curtiss Aeroplane & Motor Co., Bristol fighter fuselage dept

Interior of airplane plant, Buffalo, N.Y. No. 1118.

Aerial instruments. Instructions on use of aerial instruments, including barographs and stopwatches

Aerial instruments. Instructions on use of aerial instruments, includi...

Item title devised. Subject card annotation: made for National Aeronautic Association.

Aerial instruments. Aircraft barographs

Aerial instruments. Aircraft barographs

Item title devised. Subject card annotation: made for National Aeronautic Association.

Aerial instruments. Instrument to measure volts and amperes II

Aerial instruments. Instrument to measure volts and amperes II

Item title devised. Subject card annotation: made for National Aeronautic Association.

Aerial instruments. Instrument to measure volts and amperes

Aerial instruments. Instrument to measure volts and amperes

Item title devised. Subject card annotation: made for National Aeronautic Association.

On North American's outdoor assembly line, employees rush a B-25 to completion, North American Aviation, Inglewood, Calif

On North American's outdoor assembly line, employees rush a B-25 to co...

12002-38. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

Annette del Sur publicizing salvage campaign in yard of Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif

Annette del Sur publicizing salvage campaign in yard of Douglas Aircra...

12002-39. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

F.W. Hunter, Army test pilot, Douglas Aircraft Company plant at Long Beach, Calif

F.W. Hunter, Army test pilot, Douglas Aircraft Company plant at Long B...

12002-39. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

Clerk in one of the stock rooms of North American Aviation, Inc., checking to see if the proper numbers of parts were received and placed in the proper bin, Inglewood, Calif. This plant produces the battle-tested B-25 ("Billy Mitchell") bomber, used in General Doolittle's raid on Tokyo, and the P-51 ("Mustang") fighter plane which was first brought into prominence by the British raid on Dieppe

Clerk in one of the stock rooms of North American Aviation, Inc., chec...

12002-38. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

Two women workers are shown capping and inspecting tubing which goes into the manufacture of the "Vengeance" (A-31) dive bomber made at Vultee's Nashville division, Tennessee. The "Vengeance" (A-31) was originally designed for the French. It was later adopted by the R.A.F. and still later by the U.S. Army Air Forces. It is a single-engine, low-wing plane, carrying a crew of two men and having six machine guns of varying calibers

Two women workers are shown capping and inspecting tubing which goes i...

12002-41. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

Cowling and control rods are added to motors for North American B-25 bombers as they move down the assembly line, North American Aviation, Inc., Inglewood, Calif

Cowling and control rods are added to motors for North American B-25 b...

12002-38. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

A C-87 transport plane, just off the assembly line, at the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation field, Fort Worth, Texas

A C-87 transport plane, just off the assembly line, at the Consolidate...

12002-19. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

A girl riveting machine operator at the Douglas Aircraft Company plant joins sections of wing ribs to reinforce the inner wing assemblies of B-17F heavy bombers, Long Beach, Calif. Better known as the "Flying Fortress," the B-17F bomber is a later model of the B-17, which distinguished itself in action in the south Pacific, over Germany and elsewhere. It is a long range, high altitude, heavy bomber, with a crew of seven to nine men -- and with armament sufficient to defend itself on daylight missions

A girl riveting machine operator at the Douglas Aircraft Company plant...

12002-39. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

Lieutenant "Mike" Hunter, Army pilot assigned to Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif

Lieutenant "Mike" Hunter, Army pilot assigned to Douglas Aircraft Comp...

Photo shows an A-20B Havoc attack aircraft. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009) 12002-39. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is availa... More

A fast, hard-hitting new A-20 i.e., B-25 attack bomber is brought for a test hop to the flight line at the Long Beach, Calif., plant of Douglas Aircraft Company

A fast, hard-hitting new A-20 i.e., B-25 attack bomber is brought for ...

Identified as a B-25 aircraft. (Source: J. Barry, May 1995). Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. 12002-39. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photo... More

A young woman employee of North American Aviation, Incorporated, working over the landing gear mechanism of a P-51 fighter plane, Inglewood, Calif. The mechanism resembles a small cannon

A young woman employee of North American Aviation, Incorporated, worki...

12002-38. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

Drilling a wing bulkhead for a transport plane at the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation plant, Fort Worth, Texas

Drilling a wing bulkhead for a transport plane at the Consolidated Air...

12002-19. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

Installing one of the 4 motors on the transport plane at Willow Run

Installing one of the 4 motors on the transport plane at Willow Run

Photo shows the Willow Run manufacturing plant, run by the Ford Motor Company near Ypsilanti, Michigan, which made the B-24 Liberator bombers during World War II. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009) Lot 120... More

Assembling Liberator Bomber, Consolidated Aircraft Corp., Fort Worth, Texas

Assembling Liberator Bomber, Consolidated Aircraft Corp., Fort Worth, ...

12002-19. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

Beulah Faith, 20, used to be sales clerk in department store, reaming tools for transport on lathe machine, Consolidated Aircraft Corp., Fort Worth, Texas

Beulah Faith, 20, used to be sales clerk in department store, reaming ...

12002-19. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

A noontime rest for a full-fledged assembly worker at the Long Beach, Calif., plant of Douglas Aircraft Company. Nacelle parts for a heavy bomber form the background

A noontime rest for a full-fledged assembly worker at the Long Beach, ...

12002-39. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

A noontime rest for a full-fledged assembly worker at the Long Beach, Calif., plant of Douglas Aircraft Company. Nacelle parts for a heavy bomber form the background

A noontime rest for a full-fledged assembly worker at the Long Beach, ...

12002-39. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

A lathe operator machining parts for transport planes at the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation plant, Fort Worth, Texas

A lathe operator machining parts for transport planes at the Consolida...

12002-19. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

Mounting motor on a Fairfax B-25 bomber, at North American Aviation, Inc., plant in Inglewood, Calif

Mounting motor on a Fairfax B-25 bomber, at North American Aviation, I...

12002-38. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

Working on wing of Consolidated Liberator Bomber, Consolidated Aircraft Corp. plant, Fort Worth, Texas

Working on wing of Consolidated Liberator Bomber, Consolidated Aircraf...

12002-19. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

Girl worker at lunch also absorbing California sunshine, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif

Girl worker at lunch also absorbing California sunshine, Douglas Aircr...

12002-39. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

In North American's modern machine shop, another aircraft part is finished on a huge turret lathe, North American Aviation, Inc., Inglewood, Calif

In North American's modern machine shop, another aircraft part is fini...

12002-38. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

Employees at North American Aviation, Incorporated, assembling the cowling on Allison motors for the P-51 fighter planes, Inglewood, Calif

Employees at North American Aviation, Incorporated, assembling the cow...

12002-38. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

Working with the electric wiring at Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif

Working with the electric wiring at Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Bea...

12002-39. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

Operating a hand drill at the North American Aviation, Inc., a woman is in the control surface department assembling a section of the leading edge for the horizontal stabilizer of a plane

Operating a hand drill at the North American Aviation, Inc., a woman i...

12002-38. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

Fitting the tail of a transport plane to the wing center section in the fuselage mating fixture at the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation plant, Fort Worth, Texas

Fitting the tail of a transport plane to the wing center section in th...

12002-19. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

Capping and inspecting tubing: two women are shown capping and inspecting tubing which goes into the manufacture of the "Vengeance" dive bomber made at Vultee's Nashville division, Tennessee. The "Vengeance" (A-31) was originally designed for the French. It was later adopted by the R.A.F. and still later by the U.S. Army Air Forces. It is a single-engine, low-wing plane, carrying a crew of two men and having six machine guns of varying calibers

Capping and inspecting tubing: two women are shown capping and inspect...

12002-41. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

Members of the experimental staff at the North American Aviation, Inc., plant, observe wind tunnel tests on an accurate scale model of the B-25 ("Billy Mitchell") bomber, Inglewood, Calif. This plant produces the battle-tested B-25 bomber, used in General Doolittle's raid on Tokyo, and the P-51 Mustang fighter plane which was first brought into prominence by the British raid on Dieppe

Members of the experimental staff at the North American Aviation, Inc....

12002-38. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

Workers on the Liberator Bombers, Consolidated Aircraft Corp., Fort Worth, Texas

Workers on the Liberator Bombers, Consolidated Aircraft Corp., Fort Wo...

12002-19. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

Cowling and control rods are added to motors for North American B-25 bombers as they move down the assembly line, North American, Inc., Inglewood, Calif

Cowling and control rods are added to motors for North American B-25 b...

12002-38. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

Bomb bay gasoline tanks for long flights of B-25 bombers await assembly in the plant of North American Aviation, Inc., Inglewood, Calif. This plant produces the battle-tested B-25 ("Billy Mitchell") bomber used in General Doolittle's raid on Tokyo, and the P-51 ("Mustang") fighter plane which was first brought into prominence by the British raid on Dieppe

Bomb bay gasoline tanks for long flights of B-25 bombers await assembl...

12002-38. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

View of the B-25 final assembly line at North American Aviation's Inglewood, California, plant

View of the B-25 final assembly line at North American Aviation's Ingl...

12002-38. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

At the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

At the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

12002-18. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

Pearl Harbor widows have gone into war work to carry on the fight with a personal vengeance, Corpus Christi, Texas. Mrs. Virginia Young (right) whose husband was one of the first casualties of World War II, is a supervisor in the Assembly and Repairs Department of the Naval Air Base. Her job is to find convenient and comfortable living quarters for women workers from out of the state, like Ethel Mann, who operates an electric drill

Pearl Harbor widows have gone into war work to carry on the fight with...

12002-18. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

Working with a sea-plane at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

Working with a sea-plane at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

12002-18. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

Working inside the nose of a PBY, Elmer J. Pace is learning the construction of Navy planes, Corpus Christi, Texas. As an NYA trainee at the Naval Air Base, he gets practical experience. After about eight weeks, he will go into civil service as a sheet metal worker

Working inside the nose of a PBY, Elmer J. Pace is learning the constr...

12002-18. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More

Feeding an SNC advanced training plane its essential supply of gasoline is done by sailor mechanics at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

Feeding an SNC advanced training plane its essential supply of gasolin...

Photograph shows standing on the wing is Floyd Helphrey who came from Iowa to join the Navy early in the year. At right is W. Gardner of Illinois who used to be a crane operator. 12002-18. Transfer from U.S. Of... More

Learning to work a cutting machine, these two NYA employees receive training to fit them for important work, Corpus Christi, Texas. After eight weeks they will be eligible for civil service jobs at the Naval Air Base

Learning to work a cutting machine, these two NYA employees receive tr...

12002-18. Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944. General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac Title from FSA or OWI agency caption. Add... More