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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Akron: 1941

Akron: 1941

December 1941. Goodyear Aircraft, Akron, Ohio. "Formerly an aircraft dock, this huge building, thought to be the largest in the world with no interior supports, is now the scene of many busy shops turning out aircraft parts. Either new housing close to the plant or vastly improved public transportation will eventually have to be supplied, for the tires on the cars of the workers, and perhaps even the cars themselves, will in many instances give in before the end of the present emergency." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 

It Rains

My Grandma worked during WWII making airplane parts. She called it the hangar and said that it would rain in there. The building was used for a time to house blimps. It's huge and we still drive by it when we are in Akron.

"The present emergency"

In retrospect, a chilling phrase.

Still in Akron

This is still in Akron; Googlemap Akron Fulton Airport and look to the south. FG-1 Corsairs were built here in WWII as well as parts for the P-61 and other planes, and later missiles. And I believe there is still a lighter-than-air program going on there. There are clamshell doors at each end and in WWII an airplane flew through the building. My grandfather worked there not too long after this picture was taken.

Blimp Bay

We still have one of these at Moffett Field in San Jose. Amazing sight when you drive by it from the highway.

 
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