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.
Women at work on bomber, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. October 1942
Women are trained as engine mechanics in thorough Douglas training methods, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif.
Girl inspectors at the Long Beach, Calif., plant of Douglas Aircraft Company make a careful check of center wings for C-47 transport planes