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Advance alert net problemAdvance alert net problem
Advance alert net problem

Advance Alert Net Problem, On-line at Foster Field, Texas - April 1942.
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Formation flightFormation flight
Formation flight

A twelve-ship formation over the Guadalupe River in the vicinity of Foster Field, Texas, Summer 1942.
Formation flight


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Dual flight instructionDual flight instruction
Dual flight instruction

North American BT-9 in flight. In this excellent shot Mo Chung Yung is shown at the controls with instructor in the rear flying.
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Primary training -- TuskegeePrimary training -- Tuskegee
Primary training -- Tuskegee

Primary Training, Tuskegee Army Air Field, Alabama. Negro aviation cadet and instructor.
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Cadet ground school classCadet ground school class
Cadet ground school class

Cadet Ground School classes - Randolph Field, Texas, Spring 1942. Lt. Nicholas J. Garares instructing cadet class in Weather.
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Cadet ground school classCadet ground school class
Cadet ground school class

Cadet Ground School classes - Randolph Field, Texas, Spring 1942. Lt. Benjamin J. Cabell conducting a cadet class in Code.
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Overseas delivery of fightersOverseas delivery of fighters
Overseas delivery of fighters

P-38s deck-loaded on CVE. Plane shipment ready to go. Planes, hooded against salt water, rest on the deck of a baby flat-top berthed at the New York Port of Embarkation. Besides waging successful war against U-boats, baby flats have transported hundreds of planes overseas.
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Belly tanks line the roadBelly tanks line the road
Belly tanks line the road

A tremendous pile of belly tanks (crated) lined up along the road to the air depot on Guam, Marianas, 28 March 1945.
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Oxygen for B-29 crewsOxygen for B-29 crews
Oxygen for B-29 crews

Pfc. Robert A. McConnaughy, Jr., 328 Main St., Bridgeport, Ohio working on oxygen tanks on a trailer at Guam, Marianas Islands, 30 May 1945.
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Salvage hangarSalvage hangar
Salvage hangar

Interior of the salvage hangar of the 2d Base Air Depot, Lancashire, England, 27 June 1944.
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Fifteenth Air Force salvage yardFifteenth Air Force salvage yard
Fifteenth Air Force salvage yard

A veteran of 21 missions, this "Sheepherder" is hauled into the Reclamation and Salvage Yard in North Africa aboard a mobile float to be dismantled and valuable parts reclaimed for reissue.
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Bell P-39 repair lineBell P-39 repair line
Bell P-39 repair line

To step up its delivery of Speedy Bell P-39 "Airacobra" fighter airplanes to American pilots in the South Pacific, the Army Air Forces Air Service Command put American production line methods to work in its repair docks at McClellan Field, California. Two and one-half million dollars worth of airplanes are getting overhauled by civilian Air Service Command workers at Sacramento, California preparatory to being sent against the enemy.
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Cleaning spare engine partsCleaning spare engine parts
Cleaning spare engine parts

Cleaning spare engine parts at Warrington-Burtonwood Air Depot, England where flak-torn planes are repaired and modified for future missions. These GIs are at work cleaning cylinder baffles for B-17s. (30 October 1943)
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Engine Change on a Engine Change on a
Engine Change on a "wounded" B-17

Engine Change on a "wounded" B-17 in England. HQ USSTAF Public Relations, Photo Section took this photo as the old and new engines of "Tomahawk Warrior" rest side-by-side at completion of first stage of full change. German fighters' 20 mm cannon shells knocked out two of the engines during May 24 Berlin mission, while overstrain at full power finished off the remaining two which brought the bomber home safely. Ground crewmen here are removing and washing salvageable parts in gasoline and putting other finishing touches on new engines before installation. The men of two ground crew teams get "Tomahawk" back into the air sooner in the stepped-up pre-invasion offensive.
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Maintenance Mechanics at Laredo Army Air Field, Texas Maintenance Mechanics at Laredo Army Air Field, Texas
Maintenance Mechanics at Laredo Army Air Field, Texas

Maintenance Mechanics at Laredo Army Air Field, Texas give a Consolidated B-24 "Liberator" a complete overhaul before flight, 8 February 1944.
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San Angelo Bombardier School, TexasSan Angelo Bombardier School, Texas
San Angelo Bombardier School, Texas

San Angelo Bombardier School, Texas. Inspection is pulled on a Beechcraft T-11 at San Angelo.
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Engines for Consolidated-Vultee BT-13sEngines for Consolidated-Vultee BT-13s
Engines for Consolidated-Vultee BT-13s

Engines for Consolidated-Vultee BT-13s. From the time they leave their shipping cases until they roll out the hangar doors as part of a complete Consolidated-Vultee Basic Trainer, engines are handled by conveyors. Here they move through the sequence of operations for incorporating with them the assemblies and accessories that constitute them as power plant sections.
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Triple lines for Lockheed Triple lines for Lockheed
Triple lines for Lockheed "Lightnings."

Mechanized Conveyor Lines - Triple lines for Lockheed "Lightnings." Overall view of Lockheed's new mechanized P-38 line. Moving continuously, slowly, yet as surely as the hands of a watch, these three mechanized conveyor lines at the Lockheed Aircraft Corp. more than double the daily output of the old assembly line. The P-38 "Lightning" fighters come down the line at the right and are shunted over to the middle line where they grow their wings and engines. They then move backwards to the far end of the huge Final Assembly Hangar to go out the door and into a nearby paint hangar where they are camouflaged. Working exactly as an automobile assembly line, this mechanized line at Lockheed is notable not only because it is the first continuously moving final assembly line for combat aircraft in the West but, it also does what many experts said couldn't be done by putting twin-engined "Lightnings" on a full production basis. The room shown here was completely emptied of airplanes, which meanwhile were completed on an impromptu outdoor line. In eight days, the new mobile line was set up ready to receive its new quota of airplanes.
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Vultee B-24sVultee B-24s
Vultee B-24s

B-24s in Consolidated-Vultee Plant, Fort Worth, Texas. Part of the world's largest double aircraft assembly line in Consolidated-Vultee's Fort Worth plant. In foreground are "Liberator" bombers modified for special American uses. To the rear of this front line are C-87 "Liberator Express Transports" in various assembly stages. The second line is composed entirely of B-24 "Liberator" bombers in final assembly stages.
Vultee B-24s


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North American BT-9sNorth American BT-9s
North American BT-9s

Production methods, pre-Pearl Harbor. BT-9's by North American, 1936. North American Aviation Inc., Inglewood, Cal.
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Northrop A-17s on the assembly line. Northrop A-17s on the assembly line.
Northrop A-17s on the assembly line.

Northrop #1750 on assembly line. A-17s on the assembly line.
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B-19 constructionB-19 construction
B-19 construction

Construction of experimental model - Rear fuselage section of B-19 (B-19719 A.C.)
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Army Air Forces B-36Army Air Forces B-36
Army Air Forces B-36

First flight of world's largest land-based Bomber - First flight photo of the world's largest land-based bomber, the Army Air Forces B-36, built by the Consolidated-Vultee Aircraft Corporation. This plane has a wingspan of 230 feet and is 163 feet long. It is powered by 6 Pratt and Whitney 28 cylinder, pusher-type engines developing a total of 18,000 horsepower. Its bob-bay has a volume equal to that of four railroad freight cars. The AAF has announced that the B-36 could carry an atomic bomb to any inhabited region in the world and return home without refueling. (B-32254 A.C.)
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Bell P-59ABell P-59A
Bell P-59A

Bell P-59A taking off.
Bell P-59A


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