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In the bustling atmosphere of the Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, California, during 1942, the careful hands of women were trained in various tasks

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Airscrew Collection: Aerosleds on the Ob, 1880. Creator: GP Putintsev
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Airscrew Collection: Princes Aerial Ship. Star of the East!, 19th century. 19th century
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Airscrew Collection: The careful hands of women are trained in... Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. 1942
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Airscrew Collection: Women at work on C-47 Douglas cargo transport, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. 1942
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Airscrew Collection: Lieutenant 'Mike'Hunter, Army pilot assigned to Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. 1942
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Airscrew Collection: Flexible performance of C-47 transport planes is due in part to their... Long Beach, Calif. 1942
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Airscrew Collection: Marine lieutenant with the towing plane for the gliders at Page Field, Parris Island, S. C. 1942
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Airscrew Collection: Marine lieutenant, pilot with the power towplane... Page Field, Parris Island, S.C. 1942
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Airscrew Collection: Marine lieutenant by the power plane which tows... at Page Field, Parris, Island, S.C. 1942
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Airscrew Collection: Marine lieutenants, pilots, by the power tow-plane for the... Page Field, Parris Island, S.C. 1942
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Airscrew Collection: One of Americas new warships of the air, a mighty YB-17 bomber... Langley Field, Va. 1942
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Airscrew Collection: Heres our mission... Langley Field, Va. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer
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Airscrew Collection: Students at Washington High School at class, training... to the war effort, Los Angeles, Calif
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Airscrew Collection: Servicing [an] A-20 bomber, Langley Field, Va. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer
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Airscrew Collection: Aviation cadets at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1942. Creator: Howard Hollem
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Airscrew Collection: Sailor mechanic fueling a plane at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1942
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Airscrew Collection: Plane at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1942. Creator: Howard Hollem
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Airscrew Collection: Aviation cadet in training at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1942
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Airscrew Collection: Bowen and Olsen, a riveter and her supervisor, in the... Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1942
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Airscrew Collection: Starting a propeller at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1942. Creator: Howard Hollem
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Airscrew Collection: Bowen, a riveter, and Olsen, her supervisor, in the Assembly... Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas
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Airscrew Collection: A sailor mechanic refueling a plane at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1942
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Airscrew Collection: Working on a plane at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1942. Creator: Howard Hollem
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Airscrew Collection: This sailor mechanic is inspecting a PBY plane at the Naval Air Base in Corpus Christi, Texas, 1942
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Airscrew Collection: Av. Cadet Thanas at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1942. Creator: Howard Hollem
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Airscrew Collection: Instructor and students studying a map, Meacham Field, Fort Worth, Tex. 1942
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Airscrew Collection: Student pilots, Meacham Field, Fort Worth, Tex. 1942. Creator: Arthur Rothstein
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Airscrew Collection: Low flying planes from which dust or insecticide is spread... Seabrook Farm, Bridgeton, N.J. 1942
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Airscrew Collection: General Hap Arnold visits AERL, Cleveland, Ohio, November 9, 1944. V Creator: NASA
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Airscrew Collection: Curtiss Ely Propeller, fixed-pitch, two-blade, wood and metal, 1911
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Airscrew Collection: Atwood-Wright Propeller, fixed-pitch, two-blade, wood, 1911
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Airscrew Collection: Curtiss R3C-2, 1925. Creator: Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company
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Airscrew Collection: Michigan Aero-Engine Corporation Rover L-267, In-line 4 Engine, ca. 1930
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Airscrew Collection: De Havilland Hydromatic Airscrew Aircraft Engine
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Airscrew Collection: Diagram of De Havilland Hydromatic Airscrew Aircraft Engine, Unfeathering Date: 1942
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Airscrew Collection: The Big Bug, 1916. Creator: Joseph Pennell
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Airscrew Collection: Imaginary Flight of Hensons Ariel, 1843, (1944). Creator: Day & Haghe
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Airscrew Collection: Python engine installed in altitude wind tunnel, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, August 25, 1949
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Airscrew Collection: XP-82 (XF-82) Twin Mustang, Langley Research Center, Virginia, USA, 5 May 1951
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Airscrew Collection: Guppy, USA, May 5, 2005
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Airscrew Collection: George Cayleys third design for an airship
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Airscrew Collection: R101 engine car with thrust bearing wire to airscrew hub
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Airscrew Collection: The Bristol Taurus II and de Havilland airscrew installation
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Airscrew Collection: The Bristol Taurus II and Rotol airscrew installation
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Airscrew Collection: Arrester gear hooks on the undercarriage of a Sopwith Pup


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In the bustling atmosphere of the Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, California, during 1942, the careful hands of women were trained in various tasks. Captured by photographer Alfred T Palmer, these images depict a significant moment in history when women stepped up to support the war effort. One photograph showcases women diligently working on C-47 Douglas cargo transport planes. Their skilled craftsmanship and attention to detail ensured that these vital aircraft were prepared for their missions with precision and care. Another image introduces Lieutenant "Mike" Hunter, an Army pilot assigned to Douglas Aircraft Company. With determination etched on his face, he exemplifies the dedication and bravery exhibited by those who served both on land and in the air during this critical time. The flexible performance of C-47 transport planes is highlighted as another key aspect contributing to their success. These versatile aircraft played a crucial role in transporting supplies and personnel across vast distances during wartime operations. Moving away from Long Beach, we are transported to Page Field at Parris Island where Marine lieutenants are seen with power towplanes used for glider towing purposes. The intense focus displayed by these pilots reflects their commitment to ensuring safe takeoffs and landings for gliders carrying troops into battle zones. As we delve deeper into this historical narrative captured through Palmer's lens, we witness students at Washington High School training diligently for their roles supporting the war effort. These young minds recognize that education is not limited solely within classroom walls but extends beyond textbooks as they prepare themselves for active participation in America's fight against tyranny. Lastly, we catch a glimpse of one of America's new warships: a mighty YB-17 bomber stationed at Langley Field in Virginia. This formidable machine symbolizes our nation's unwavering resolve as it takes flight towards its mission - defending freedom with every ounce of strength it possesses. Alfred T Palmer's photographs serve as timeless reminders of an era when men and women came together, united by a common purpose.