Aviation

B-25 Cockpit Construction: 1942

B-25 Cockpit Construction: 1942

Workers riveting on the cockpit shell of a B-25 bomber at Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, California. Vintage WW2 color photo taken in 1942 by photographer Alfred T. Palmer. FSA / OWI Photograph Collection. LOC original medium: color transparency.

Pre-Flight Check: 1942

Pre-Flight Check: 1942

Aviation cadet wearing a parachute, standing at the propellor of a vintage biplane at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Old WW2 era aviation photo taken in 1942 by photographer Howard R. Hollem. FSA / OWI Photograph Collection. LOC original medium: color transparency.

Before the Crash: 1929

Before the Crash: 1929

Miss Ruth Nichols holding propellor of vintage 1920s airplane at Bolling Field. Nice old fashion and aviation photo taken in March of 1929. LOC original medium: glass negative.

Building WW2 Bombers: 1942

Building WW2 Bombers: 1942

Woman running a riveting machine at the Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, California during WWII. She is joining sections of wing ribs to reinforce the inner wing assemblies of B-17F heavy bombers. Better known as the Flying Fortress, the B-17F bomber was a later model of the B-17, which distinguished itself in action in the south Pacific, over Germany and elsewhere.

Carrier Deck Ops: 1940s

Carrier Deck Ops: 1940s

Aircraft carrier deck operations, World War Two. Airplanes and sailors. Photo taken between 1940 and 1946. FSA / OWI Photograph Collection. LOC original medium: b&w photo negative.

YB-17 Bomber Crew: 1942

YB-17 Bomber Crew: 1942

A combat crew receives final instructions before taking off in a YB-17 bomber from a bombardment squadron base at Langley Field, Virginia. FSA / OWI Photograph Collection. Photo taken in May, 1942 by photographer Alfred T. Palmer. LOC original medium: color transparency.

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