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Boeing B-17 Flying FortressCreated by: PICRYLDated: 2016
A giant of the skyways poises for flight, Langley Field, Va. The four powerful engines of a YB-17 bomber are warmed up before a takeoff
The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a four-engine heavy bomber developed in the 1930s for the United States Army Air Corps. Although Boeing lost the contract because the prototype crashed, the air corps was so impressed with Boeing's design that it ordered 13 more B-17s for further evaluation.
The B-17 was primarily employed by the United States Army Air Forces in the daylight precision strategic bombing campaign of World War II against Germany. The B-17 also participated to a lesser extent in the War in the Pacific, early in World War II, where it conducted raids against Japan.
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Carefully trained women inspectors check and inspect cargo transport innerwings before they are assembled on the fuselage, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif.
American mothers and sisters, like these women at the Douglas Aircraft Company, give important help in producing dependable planes for their men at the front, Long Beach, Calif. Most important of the many types of aircraft made at this plant are the B-17F ("Flying Fortress") heavy bomber, the A-20 ("Havoc") assault bomber and the C-47 heavy transport plane for the carrying of troops and cargo
[Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress, Mt. Rainier]

[Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress, Mt. Rainier]

Title: [Boeing Flying Fortress, Mt. Rainier]...Creator: Richie, Robert Yarnall, 1908-1984..Date: April 1943..Place: Mount Rainier, Washington..Part Of: Robert Yarnall Richie photograph collection..Physical Desc... More

[Waist Gunner in Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, World War II]

[Waist Gunner in Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, World War II]

Title: [Waist Gunner in Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, World War II]..Creator: Richie, Robert Yarnall, 1908-1984..Date: April or May 1943..Place: Mitchel Field Air Force Base, Long Island, New York..Part Of: Robe... More

[Tail Gunner in Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, World War II]

[Tail Gunner in Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, World War II]

Title: [Tail Gunner in Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, World War II]..Creator: Richie, Robert Yarnall, 1908-1984..Date: April or May 1943..Place: Mitchel Field Air Force Base, Long Island, New York..Part Of: Rober... More

[U.S. Flight Navigator, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, World War II]

[U.S. Flight Navigator, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, World War II]

Title: [U.S. Flight Navigator, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, World War II]..Creator: Richie, Robert Yarnall, 1908-1984..Date: April or May 1943..Place: Mitchel Field Air Force Base, Long Island, New York..Part O... More

Boeing Flying Fortress, Southern Methodist University collection

Boeing Flying Fortress, Southern Methodist University collection

Title: Boeing Flying Fortress..Creator: Richie, Robert Yarnall, 1908-1984..Date: April 1943..Place: Mount Rainier, Washington..Part Of: Robert Yarnall Richie photograph collection..Description: Boeing B-17F Fly... More

New Army Bomber arrives at Bolling Field. Washington, D.C., March 10. The new 4 engine Boeing bomber, the first of 13 which will be delivered to the U.S. Army Air Corps, as it landed at Bolling Field today after a short hop from Langley Field, Va., 3/10/1937
Annette del Sur publicizing salvage campaign in yard of Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif.
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
Consolidated transport planes being loaded, Consolidated Aircraft Corp., Fort Worth, Texas
Girl inspectors at the Long Beach, Calif., plant of Douglas Aircraft Company make a careful check of center wings for C-47 transport planes
Punching rivet holes in a frame member for a B-25 bomber, the plant of North American Aviation, Inc., Calif.
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
With careful Douglas training, women do accurate electrical assembly and installation work, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif.
Women become skilled shop technicians after careful training in the school at the Douglas Aircraft Company plant, Long Beach, Calif. Most important of the many types of aircraft made at this plant are the B-17F ("Flying Fortress") heavy bomber, the A-20 ("Havoc") assault bomber and the C-47 heavy transport plane for the carrying of troops and cargo
One of America's new warships of the air, a mighty YB-17 bomber, is pulled up at a bombardment squadron hangar, Langley Field, Va. It is all set to taxi out to a runway and take off
Woman machinist, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif.
Women are trained to do precise and vital engine installation detail in Douglas Aircraft Company plants, Long Beach, Calif.
Girl worker at lunch also absorbing California sunshine, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif.
A giant of the skyways poises for flight, Langley Field, Va. The four powerful engines of a YB-17 bomber are warmed up before a takeoff
The careful hands of women are trained in precise aircraft engine installation duties at Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif.
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
Woman aircraft worker, Vega Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, Calif. Shown checking electrical assemblies
A noontime rest for a full-fledged assembly worker at the Long Beach, Calif., plant of Douglas Aircraft Company
Annette del Sur publicizing salvage campaign in yard of Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif.
Here's our mission. A combat crew receives final instructions just before taking off in a mighty YB-17 bomber from a bombardment squadron base at the field, Langley Field, Va.
F.W. Hunter, Army test pilot, Douglas Aircraft Company plant at Long Beach, Calif.
Riveter at work at the Douglas Aircraft Corporation plant in Long Beach, Calif.
[U.S. Army Air Forces pilot in front of a YB-17 bombing airplane, probably Langley field, Virginia]
Annette del Sur public[iz]ing salvage campaign in yard of Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif.
Loading new transport planes at the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation plant, Fort Worth, Texas
Women at work on bomber, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif.
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)

Annette del Sur publicizing salvage campaign in yard of Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif.
Lunchtime brings a few minutes of rest for these women workers of the assembly line at Douglas Aircraft Company's plant, Long Beach, Calif. Sand bags for protection against air raid form the background. Most important of the many types of aircraft made at this plant are the B-17F ("Flying Fortress") heavy bomber, the A-20 ("Havoc") assault bomber, and the C-47 heavy transport plane for the carrying of troops and cargo
Transport plane takes off on test flight, Consolidated Aircraft Corp., Fort Worth, Texas
Working with the electric wiring at Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif.
Woman at work on motor, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif.
Two assembly line workers at the Long Beach, Calif., plant of Douglas Aircraft Company enjoy a well-earned lunch period, Long Beach, Calif. Nacelle parts of a heavy bomber form the background
Women are trained as engine mechanics in thorough Douglas training methods, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif.
Working on wing of Consolidated Liberator Bomber, Consolidated Aircraft Corp. plant, Fort Worth, Texas
Annette del Sur public[iz]ing salvage campaign in yard of Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif.
This girl in a glass house is putting finishing touches on the bombardier nose section of a B-17F navy bomber, Long Beach, Calif. She's one of many capable women workers in the Douglas Aircraft Company plant. Better known as the "Flying Fortress," the B-17F 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
Annette del Sur publicizing salvage campaign in yard of Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif.
Hitler would like this man to go home and forget about the war. A good American non-com at the side machine gun of a huge YB-17 bomber is a man who knows his business and works hard at it
Operating a hand drill at North American Aviation, Inc., [a] woman is working in the control surface department assembling a section of the leading edge for the horizontal stabilizer of a plane, Inglewood, Calif.
Boeing Flying Fortresses. Latest Boeing Flying Fortresses. This, the newest and most formidable in the Boeing Flying Fortress series, is [described by] the War Department as "bigger and more deadly" than any of its predecessors. This new airplane, a key weapon in America's war program, is now in mass production at the Boeing Aircraft Company. Under a special tri-company production pool arrangement, it is also being built in quantity by the Douglas Aircraft Company and by the Vega Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Lockheed Corporation
Boeing Flying Fortresses. Latest Boeing Flying Fortresses.This, the newest and most formidable in the Boeing Flying Fortress series, is the B-17E described by the War Department as "bigger and more deadly" than any of its predecessors. This new airplane, key weapon in America's war program, is now in mass production at the Boeing Aircraft Company. Under a special tri-company production pool arrangement, it is also being built in quantity by the Douglas Aircraft Company and by the Vega Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Lockheed Aircraft Corporation
Production. B-17F heavy bombers. One of the many women who have become excellent plane technicians at the Long Beach, California, plant of Douglas Aircraft Company. Her job is to check attaching angles on wing leading edges for the B-17F heavy bombers. Better known as the "Flying Fortress," the B-17F 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
Production. Airplane maufacture, general. American mothers and sisters, like these women at the Long Beach, California, plant of Douglas Aircraft Company, give important help in producing planes for their men at the front. Most important of the many types of aircraft made at the plant are the B-17F ("Flying Fortress") heavy bomber, the A-20 ("Havoc") assault bomber and the C-47 heavy transport plane for the carrying of troops and cargo
Production. B-17F heavy bombers. Women riveters in the Long Beach, California, plant of Douglas Aircraft Company. Better known as the "Flying Fortress," the B-17F 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
Langley Field, Virginia. YB-17 bombardment squadron. Two members of a ground crew at Langley Field, Virginia services one of the four powerful engines of a YB-17 bomber. The huge engine nacelle and landing wheel give some idea of the masiveness of this warship of the skies
Production. Airplane maufacture, general. A noontime rest for a full- fledged assembly worker at the Long Beach, California, plant of Douglas Aircraft Company. Nacelle parts for a heavy bomber form the background. Most important are the many types of aircraft made at this plant are the B-17F ("Flying Fortress") heavy bomber, the A-20 ("Havoc") assault bomber and the C-47 heavy transport plane for the carrying of troops and cargo
Production. B-17F heavy bombers. A foreman at the Long Beach, California, plant of Douglas Aircraft Company, instructs two new women employees in the technique of sheet metal assembly work. Better known as the "Flying Fortress," the B-17F 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 with armament sufficient to defend itself on daylight missions
YB-17 bombardment squadron, Langley Field, Virginia. A master sergeant of a bombardment squadron at Langley Field, Virginia checks over a propeller adjustment job his soldier-mechanics have just made on a big YB-17 bomber
Production. B-17F heavy bombers. Aluminum cowl sections for B-17F heavy bombers are checked and inspected in the Long Beach, California, plant of Douglas Aircraft Company. Better known as the "Flying Fortress," the B-17F 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
Production. Airplane maufacture, general. Inspectors at the Long Beach, California, plant of Douglas Aircraft Company, check all assembly work minutely to assure that dependable planes will go to our men at the front. Most important of the many types of aircraft made at the plant are the B-17F ("Flying Fortress") heavy bomber, the A-20 ("Havoc") assault bomber and the C-47 heavy transport plane for the carrying of troops and cargo
Production. Airplane maufacture, general. A noontime rest for a full- fledged assembly worker at the Long Beach, California, plant of Douglas Aircraft Company. Nacelle parts for a heavy bomber form the background. Most important are the many types of aircraft made at this plant are the B-17F ("Flying Fortress") heavy bomber, the A-20 ("Havoc") assault bomber and the C-47 heavy transport plane for the carrying of troops and cargo
Production. Airplane maufacture, general. Clerical jobs along the assembly line at Douglas Aircraft Company's Long Beach, California, plant are as necessary as the mechanical jobs in producing finished warplanes. Most important of the many types of aircraft made at this plant are the B-17F ("Flying Fortress") heavy bomber, the A-20 ("Havoc") assault bomber and the C-47 heavy transport plane for the carrying of troops and cargo
Production. Airplane maufacture, general. New styles in feminine fashion are provided by ornaments made of lathe turnings from the metal salvage pile at the Long Beach, California, plant of Douglas Aircraft Company. Most important of the many types of aircraft made at this plant are the B-17F ("Flying Fortress") heavy bomber, the A-20 ("Havoc") assault bomber and the C-47 heavy transport plane for the carrying of troops and cargo
YB-17 bombardment squadron, Langley Field, Virginia. Top-notch performance of our big bombers is made a matter of certainty by the ground crews of the Air Force. A soldier-mechanic at Langley Field, Virginia makes an engine adjustment on a mighty YB-17 bomber under the critical eye of a sergeant
Production. Airplane maufacture, general. Two assembly line worker at the Long Beach, California, plant of Douglas Aircraft Company, enjoy a well-earned lunch period. Nacelle parts for a heavy bomber form the background. Most important are the many types of aircraft made at this plant are the B-17F ("Flying Fortress") heavy bomber, the A-20 ("Havoc") assault bomber and the C-47 heavy transport plane for the carrying of troops and cargo
Production. Airplane maufacture, general. Stockrooms are as busy as the assembly lines at the Long Beach, California, plant of Douglas Aircraft Company. Most important of the many types of aircraft made at this plant are the B-17F ("Flying Fortress") heavy bomber, the A-20 ("Havoc") assault bomber and the C-47 heavy transport plane for the carrying of troops and cargo
Production. B-17F heavy bombers. Women workers install fixtures and assemblies to a tail fuselage section of a B-17F Bomber at the Long Beach, California plant of Douglas Aircraft Company. Better known as the "Flying Fortress," the B-17F 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 an armament sufficient to defend itself on daylight missions. Douglas Aircraft Company
Production. B-17F heavy bombers. A woman plane construction technician fits the bombsight mount of a B-17F heavy bomber nearing completion at the Long Beach, California, plant of the Douglas Aircraft Company. The mount will carry the world's deadliest bombsight. Better known as the "Flying Fortress," the B-17F is a later model 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 with armament sufficient to defend itself on daylight missions
YB-17 bombardment squadron, Langley Field, Virginia. Hanger guard, member of a bombardment squadron stationed at Langley Field, Virginia. His duty is to protect the big YB-17 bombers and other planes while they are in the hangers
Production. Airplane maufacture, general. Ready for another whack at the Axis. Assembly line workers enter the Long Beach, California, plant of Douglas Aircraft Company. Most important of the many types of aircraft made at this plant are the B-17F ("Flying Fortress") heavy bomber, the A-20 ("Havoc") assault bomber and the C-47 heavy transport plane for the carrying of troops and cargo
Langley Field, Virginia. YB-17 bombardment squadron. Old Glory floats proudly over the nation's oldest air base at Langley Field, Virginia. Among the Air Force groups stationed at this important point are bombardment squadrons equipped with mighty YB-17 bombers
Production. Airplane maufacture, general. Conservation of civilian tires makes possible this airplane tire ready to leave the Long Beach, California, plant of Douglas Aircraft Company. Most important of the many types of aircraft made at this plant are the B-17F ("Flying Fortress") heavy bomber, the A-20 ("Havoc") assault bomber and the C-47 heavy transport plane for the carrying of troops and cargo
Langley Field, Virginia. YB-17 bombardment squadron. One of Uncle Sam's mighty warships of the air is berthed at Langley Field, Virginia. A tow-car returns a YB-17 bomber to a hanger of the bombardment squadron for which it has just completed a mission
YB-17 bombardment squadron, Langley Field, Virginia. A propeller governor is adjsuted by a sergeant of a bombardment squadron at Langley Field, Virginia as part of the job of tuning up a mighty YB-17 bomber before it goes into the air
Production. Airplane maufacture, general. Women become skilled shop technicians after careful training in the school at the Long Beach, California, plant of Douglas Aircraft Company. Most important of the many types of aircraft made at this plant are the B-17F ("Flying Fortress") heavy bomber, the A-20 ("Havoc") assault bomber and the C-47 heavy transport plane for the carrying of troops and cargo
Production. Airplane maufacture, general. This alert plant protection officer at the Long Beach, California, Douglas Aircraft Company is a valued soldier of production. Most important of the many types of aircraft made at this plant are the B-17F ("Flying Fortress") heavy bomber, the A-20 ("Havoc") assault bomber and the C-47 heavy transport plane for the carrying of troops and cargo
YB-17 bombardment squadron, Langley Field, Virginia. Skilled soldier-mechanics make up the gorund crew personnel of a bombardment squadron stationed at Langley Field, Virginia. These men keep ships like the fast YB-17 bombers in the pink of condition
Production. Airplane maufacture, general. Why our warplanes hold together through the years of steady use, rough landings and anti-aircraft fire. These rivets cover but a small part of the surface of a mighty bomber produced at the Long Beach, California, plant of Douglas Aircraft Company. Most important of the many types of aircraft made at this plant are the B-17F ("Flying Fortress") heavy bomber, the A-20 ("Havoc") assault bomber and the C-47 heavy transport plane for the carrying of troops and cargo
Production. Airplane maufacture, general. Women assembly workers rivet a gusset to a plane wing rib at the Long Beach, California, plant of Douglas Aircraft Company. Most important of the many types of aircraft made at this plant are the B-17F ("Flying Fortress") heavy bomber, the A-20 ("Havoc") assault bomber and the C-47 heavy transport plane for the carrying of troops and cargo
Production. Airplane maufacture, general. A women worker at the Long Beach, California, plant of Douglas Aircraft Company, attaches clips and accessories to a wing section before the parts meets the next assembly. Most important of the many types of aircraft made at this plant are the B-17F ("Flying Fortress") heavy bomber, the A-20 ("Havoc") assault bomber and the C-47 heavy transport plane for the carrying of troops and cargo
Langley Field, Virginia. YB-17 bombardment squadron. Silhouetted against the dawn, a soldier of a bombardment squadron at Langley Field, Virginia keeps faithful watch over a giant YB-17 bomber.
YB-17 bombardment squadron, Langley Field, Virginia. More fuel-storage space for a mighty aerial warship. A master sergeant of a bombardment squadron at Langley Field, Virginia installs gasoline tanks in the lower section of a wing of a YB-17 bomber
Production. Airplane maufacture, general. Two assembly line worker at the Long Beach, California, plant of Douglas Aircraft Company, enjoy a well-earned lunch period. Nacelle parts for a heavy bomber form the background. Most important are the many types of aircraft made at this plant are the B-17F ("Flying Fortress") heavy bomber, the A-20 ("Havoc") assault bomber and the C-47 heavy transport plane for the carrying of troops and cargo
Production. B-17F heavy bombers. A woman worker at the Long Beach, California, plant of Douglas Aircraft Company, spot welds wing skin sheets for a B-17F heavy bomber. The welding machine is suspended over sheets which move on a platform below her. Better known as the "Flying Fortress," the B-17F 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
Langley Field, Virginia. YB-17 bombardment squadron. Hitler would like this man to go home and forget about the war. A good American non-com at the side machine gun of a huge YB-17 bomber is a man who knows his business and works hard at it
Production. Airplane maufacture, general. Women become skilled shop technicians after careful training in the school at the Long Beach, California, plant of Douglas Aircraft Company. Most important of the many types of aircraft made at this plant are the B-17F ("Flying Fortress") heavy bomber, the A-20 ("Havoc") assault bomber and the C-47 heavy transport plane for the carrying of troops and cargo
Langley Field, Virginia. YB-17 bombardment squadron. In the transparent nose of a mighty YB-17 bomber, a sergeant of a bombardment squadron stationed at Langley Field, Virginia handles the machine gun
YB-17 bombardment squadron, Langley Field, Virginia. When Uncle Sam's big bombers are grounded, they're in very capable hands. This master sergeant of a ground crew at Langley Field, Virginia is operating a tractor that tows the big aerial warships to the flying field
Production. B-17F heavy bombers. A riveting crew at the Long Beach, California, plant of Douglas Aircraft Company, assembles the frame of a nacelle for a B-17F heavy bomber. Better known as the "Flying Fortress," the B-17F 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
Production. B-17F heavy bombers. A line of fuselage nose sections for B-17F heavy bombers moving in an overhead conveyor trolley toward the final assembly line at the Long Beach, California, plant of Douglas Aircraft Company. Better known as the "Flying Fortress," the B-17F is a later model 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
Production. B-17F heavy bombers. Three-story jigs are used for the assembly of the inner wings of B-17F heavy bombers at the Long Beach, California plant of Douglas Aircraft Company. Better known as the "Flying Fortress," the B-17F 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. Douglas Aircraft Company
Production. B-17F heavy bombers. Dorsal fins for B-17F heavy bombers, America's killer whales of the air, ready for the assembly line at the Long Beach, California plant of the Douglas Aircraft Company. Better known as the "Flying Fortress," the B-17F 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 with armament sufficient to defend itself on daylight missions. Douglas Aircraft Company
Langley Field, Virginia. YB-17 bombardment squadron. "By the dawn's early light." A combat crew ready to board a mighty YB-17 bomber on a dawn patrol flight from Langley Field, Virginia
YB-17 bombardment squadron, Langley Field, Virginia. A warship of the air, a YB-17 bomber, poised for a takeoff at Langley Field, Virginia. A master sergeant of the bombardment squadron runs a practical eye over the big four-engine ship as the pilot warms up the engine
Production. Airplane maufacture, general. A woman airplane engine mechanic at the Long Beach, California, Douglas Aircraft Company. She was carefully trained by experts in the company school. Most important of the many types of aircraft made at this plant are B-17F ("Flying Fortress") heavy bomber, the A-20 ("Havoc") assault bomber and the C-47 heavy transport plane for the carrying of troops and cargo
Production. B-17F heavy bombers. Two girl workers in the Long Beach, California, plant of the Douglas Aircraft Company, put finishing touches on the bombardier nose section of a B-17F heavy bomber. Better known as the "Flying Fortress," the B-17F is a later model 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 with armament sufficient to defend itself on daylight missions
Langley Field, Virginia. YB-17 bombardment squadron. "Here's our mission." A combat crew receives final instructions just before taking off in a mighty YB-17 bomber from a bombardment squadron base at Langley Field, Virginia
Langley Field, Virginia. YB-17 bombardment squadrons. A combat crew of one of our mighty YB-17 bombers lines up before a warship of the skies. A captain and lieutenant act as pilot and co-pilot. Two sergeants and four corporals man the machine guns, radio and other equipment. All belong to a bombardment squadron stationed at Langley Field, Virginia
Langley Field, Virginia. YB-17 bombardment squadron. In the transparent nose of a mighty YB-17 bomber, a sergeant of a bombardment squadron stationed at Langley Field, Virginia handles the machine gun
Production. Airplane manufacture, general. Sorting rivets may seem a lowly task in the making of war planes. But it plays an essential part in the mass production of aircraft and in the conservation of vital materials. These workers at the Long Beach, California, plant of Douglas Aircraft Company help to keep many others working. Most important of the many types of aircraft made at this plant are the B-17F ("Flying Fortress") heavy bomber, the A-20 ("Havoc") assault bomber and the C-47 heavy transport plane for the carrying of troops and cargo
Production. B-17F heavy bombers. The careful, skilled fingers of women workers at the Long Beach, California, plant of Douglas Aircraft Company, prepare a wing rib for a mighty bomber. Better known as the "Flying Fortress," the B-17F is a later model of 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
Langley Field, Virginia. YB-17 bombardment squadron. A staff sergeant and two corporals of a bombardment squadron stationed at Langley Field, Virginia thrash out a technical problem that arose during the servicing of the mighty YB-17 bomber that towers above them
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