The Women of Douglas Aircraft Company, 1942

 

 

In 1942, thousands of women across the U.S. took on manufacturing jobs to "Keep Them Flying!" during World War II.  They worked as mechanics, engineers, and often as test pilots.  This collection of photos from the Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, CA in October 1942 were part of a publicity campaign to recruit more women in to similar jobs across the country.  

 

Long Beach, California 1942
1942
Long Beach, California
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Women at work on bomber, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif.  October 1942

 

Long Beach, California 1942
1942
Long Beach, California
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Women are trained as engine mechanics in thorough Douglas training methods, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif.

 

Long Beach, California 1942
1942
Long Beach, California
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Girl inspectors at the Long Beach, Calif., plant of Douglas Aircraft Company make a careful check of center wings for C-47 transport planes