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Rosie the Router: 1942

Rosie the Router: 1942

December 1942. "Mary Miller, operator of a router at the Boeing plant in Seattle, drills holes in a part for a new B-17F (Flying Fortress) bomber. The Flying Fortress, a four-engine heavy bomber capable of flying at high altitudes, has performed with great credit in the South Pacific, over Germany and elsewhere." Photo by Andreas Feininger for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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It reminds me of my old two things...

Battlefield 1942 game and my Netgear RT311 router. :P

Position available: Robot

Working on the B-17F assembly line looks dull, tedious, and dangerous. Thankfully, we now have robots that do this kind of work.

Part or parts?

That would probably be a stack of aluminum sheets, anyway? Drill once, get 5 parts.

And the limit of the stack would probably what the machinist can do by force of hand and arm.

These days sheets tend to get machined one by one on account of CNC laser cutters and punch-nibble machines. However, in between they did do it like shown in the photo, less templates, with a stack of sheets clamped to the bed of a CNC router.


Behind her are some really big castings that I wish I could see what they belonged to.

I see a counter in her right hand. could that be her pay basis?

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