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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Fuselage Mating Fixture: 1942

Fuselage Mating Fixture: 1942

Fitting the tail of a C-87 transport plane to the wing center section in the fuselage mating fixture at the Consolidated Aircraft plant, Fort Worth, Texas. October 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem.

 

Again, it is a C-87

The C-87 Transport was a variant of the B-24 Liberator bomber. On the C-87 the bomb bay and rear fuselage are replaced by a passenger compartment. A loading door is cut into the rear fuselage.

wrong id

It's a Liberator bomber, not a C-87 transport

[The ID is correct. It's a C-87. You can tell by the #1 mounts, which have FUSELAGE MATING FIXTURE painted on them. The bombers used #2 mounts, with BOMB BAY MATING FIXTURE painted on them - Dave]

 
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