Source: Harry Gann/ The American Aircraft Factory in World War II The “Arsenal of Democracy” is seen in action as a progression of Douglas C-47A-75-DL Skytrains move down the line at Long Beach. The sign tells us that the line will move at ten minutes past five, but that could be either morning or afternoon—during World War II, the American aircraft factory generally operated 24 hours a day. #WWII
Source: Boeing Archives/ The American Aircraft Factory in World War II Crowded cheek by jowl in Shop 308 at Boeing’s Plant 2 in Seattle, these aft fuselage/tail sections would all be gone within a week, having been incorporated into B-17 Flying Fortresses.
The Kansas City B-25 Factory.This hastily constructed plant produced 6,608 bombers during World War II.The assembly line, circa 1944. After leaving the factory, the aircraft were taken to the paint hangar for washing and application of external markings, including insignia and the serial number, which was applied to the vertical tail.