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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UP N' ATOM: c. 1950s

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.

 

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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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