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Wartime aircraft production
#1
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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#2
Well, that was amazing! Thanks for posting it, I found it fascinating and the oh so familiar strains of Barwick Green made me smile.
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#3
I am now suffering from tooling envy!

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#4
Interesting that the plant was begun before Dec 1941. Perhaps they intended to gift the planes to the Brits. it is very sobering to realise that in the mid years few planes or crews survived 20 sorties. 
Staff all very slim by current American standards. When they are not doing drugs, what do all the equivalent Americans do to fill their days now?
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#5
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!
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#6
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.
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#7
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.
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#8
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].
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#9
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.
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#10
I would guess that they are manufacturing holes to let water out after a pre-wash before painting.
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