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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Facts on File: 1942

Facts on File: 1942

June 1942. "United States Office of Defense Transportation system of port control and its traffic channel control. Washington, D.C." Analog records at your fingertips. Photo by Albert Freeman, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Keep Them Flying

1959 -- China Lake US Naval Ordnance Test Station California.

That's the way we "Kept Them Flying" by using that system to keep track of various aircraft parts among other things.

Our goal was not to have any Aircraft Out Of Commission Parts (AOCP) and heaven help any airman whose duty it was to keep track of altimeters and didn't have at least one back order going when an active plane was grounded because of a faulty altimeter.

When a plane did go AOCP we had to get on the telex to check all Naval Stations in the 12th Naval Station to see if anyone had one in stock and if they did it would be dispatched to us with as much care as a human heart is accorded by today's transportation services.

Stephen Gunther AK3 USN

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Kardex file system -- still available today.

 
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