Thursday, April 8, 2010
Today's picture was taken in 1942, and shows a woman assembling the bombardier nose section of a B-17 F bomber. The picture was taken at the the Douglas Aircraft Company plant in Long Beach, California. The B-17 was known at the "Flying Fortress," The B-17 had a crew of 7-9 men.
Lots of interesting discussion yesterday on the topic of manufacturing jobs in US. I have to admit that I wonder just how much has been outsourced. For example, are there ANY fabric mills running in the US that would be able to take cotton, and make t-shirts. Our little town has a Woolen Mill that can take raw wool from a sheep, and turn it into really very nice blankets. It still works, but unfortunately it is a Museum now. It had to shut down long ago, because no one wants a fine wool blanket (expensive). Everyone wants a $5 polyester blanket from Walmart. Sort of sad that nowdays a functioning Woolen Mill can only be found in a museum.