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Wartime aircraft production - Nick Salmon - 15-02-2020

Nothing to do with Sevens but I found this film so fascinating I thought I'd share it. Set aside half an hour and watch what human ingenuity can do...

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RE: Wartime aircraft production - Duncan Grimmond - 15-02-2020

Well, that was amazing! Thanks for posting it, I found it fascinating and the oh so familiar strains of Barwick Green made me smile.


RE: Wartime aircraft production - Ruairidh Dunford - 15-02-2020

I am now suffering from tooling envy!


RE: Wartime aircraft production - Chris KC - 15-02-2020

Each 1200hp Pratt & Whitney engine attached to the wing by 4 x 5/8" bolts....

And I'm definitely hiring a midget to crawl inside and do the fiddly stuff!


RE: Wartime aircraft production - Tony Press - 16-02-2020

It is interesting to read the Wiki story of Willow Run and the Consolidated B24 'flying coffin'. 

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According to the story a difficult start up and many aircraft produced often requiring costly rebuild to accommodate production changes. Henry Ford still had a finger in the pie.

The B17 was apparently a much preferred bomber.


RE: Wartime aircraft production - Dave Mann - 20-02-2020

Now I've seen the film, I notice that non of the presses had guards, ah the days before health and safety. If you had to ditch your aircraft in the sea the B17 fared a lot better than the B24. Whilst some of the the American designs left something to be desired, notably the Sherman tank, they were easy to service, a Sherman engine change took minutes if there was anything left of it. Their production capability was awesome with Kaiser's shipyards turning out liberty ships by the hundred and 50 escort aircraft carriers in 2 years.


RE: Wartime aircraft production - A G Wood - 21-02-2020

Ruairidh, if you want to experience real tooling envy, even if you're not into firearms, put aside an hour sometime and watch the 'Gunsmith of Williamsburg' documentary on YouTube . See how an 18th Century gunsmithing shop makes a long rifle from a lump of iron [literally] and a slab of wood [literally].


RE: Wartime aircraft production - Chris Garner - 21-02-2020

Most interesting. My son-in-law is one of the owners of Atkin Grant & Lang, gun and rifle makers since 1821. Equally impressive, incorporating such a wide range of skills.


RE: Wartime aircraft production - bob46320 - 21-02-2020

I would guess that they are manufacturing holes to let water out after a pre-wash before painting.


RE: Wartime aircraft production - steve anderson - 22-02-2020

What the HELL kind of statement is this FROM BOB CULVER !!!!