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Condition Red: 1941

Condition Red: 1941

December 1941. "Electronics technician, Goodyear Aircraft Corp., Akron, Ohio." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer, OWI. View full size.

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Color Blind

I remember when I was in tech school, our automotive electronics instructor was color blind. He made us use fluorescent highlighters to trace the colored wires out on the schematic so he could check our work! Talk about the blind leading the blind!


When I started my engineering career, I was told rather bluntly to "knock that s**t off" when I turned in an assembly drawing specifying color-coded wires. Numbers are the way to go. It seems you never know when you're going to have to rely on a color-blind assembler or repairman.

In light of that experience, I have no idea why my Chrysler has color-coded wiring harnesses.


A Lockheed ID Badge and button below that.

Goodyear, Akron, Ohio assembled the Vaught Corsair FG-XX version(s) during WWII.

Goodyear was probably just primarily an assembler of parts made by other companies with the tools and technology for the job. A search for “Corsair Subcontractors” turned up a reference to a center wing section made by Willys-Overland( a car company), Toledo, Ohio.

If the contract(s) were large enough, Lockheed probably set up shop in a Goodyear plant in Akron for Goodyear and other assemblers of the Corsair.

Yes, she dressed for the photo.

[The smaller button is a union badge for Aeronautical Lodge 727. -Dave]

Aircraft wiring

Aircraft wiring isn't color-coded, even in this day and age. In larger and more complex planes the wires have numbers printed on them every foot, but in small planes they're just white or pale tan.

Good job

Looks like the numbers on the wiring match up with the schematic.

Stuffed shirt

No, I meant pressed shirt. A brand new one for the photo! And no color coding on the wires? That would make for some difficult fault tracing. If she has a date tonight, she needs to fix her nails and get some Visine in those bloodshot eyes.

Beer Barrel Polka

Oh, I don't want her you can have her she's too fat for me!

Looks like this Goodyear worker is wearing a LOCKHEED I.D. badge. What's up with that?

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