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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Test Pilot: 1942

Test Pilot: 1942

October 1942. F.W. Hunter, Army test pilot, at the Douglas Aircraft plant in Long Beach, Calif. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 

Model Airman

He looks disturbingly like a mannequin for Army aeronautic outfits.

"Putting on the dog!"

Test pilots had a somewhat romantic image. After all, they did have a somewhat risky occupation. He is no doubt playing right into that persona.

Throat mike

The device around his neck is a throat intercom microphone. It was used for internal communication on bombers.

Handsome?

That pose seems to be a bit much, though. I kinda wonder what the leather dog-collar-thing is.

Looks

I can't believe that no one has commented on this man's looks! Quite handsome!

 
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