Women are trained to do precise and vital engine installation detail in Douglas Aircraft Company plants, Long Beach, Calif. (LOC)

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When: 01 January 1939

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Palmer, Alfred T.,, photographer.

Women are trained to do precise and vital engine installation detail in Douglas Aircraft Company plants, Long Beach, Calif.

1942 Oct.

1 transparency : color.

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Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944.

Subjects:
Douglas Aircraft Company
Airplane industry
Women--Employment
World War, 1939-1945
Assembly-line methods
United States--California--Long Beach

Format: Transparencies--Color

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

Part Of: Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection 12002-39 (DLC) 93845501

General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac

Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL): hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsac.1a35357

Call Number: LC-USW36-130

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    ronjon=supergenius

    • 16/Jan/2008 23:38:16

    Rosie the Riveter has nothing on this woman! She looks pretty tough!

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    descriptive bottle

    • 17/Jan/2008 14:41:38

    I am so inspired by what these women did!

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    treebythesea

    • 17/Jan/2008 15:27:52

    That is so awesome! I feel like more of that should be going on today.

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    hallowed ink

    • 17/Jan/2008 17:59:15

    I love the look on her face...

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    kostia

    • 18/Jan/2008 02:30:46

    This title may as well say Women "can be" trained! It's so subtly of its era.

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    thedarkdonthideit

    • 19/Jan/2008 13:29:54

    not only are these pictures historically interesting, they are top quality, crystal clear reproductions. my best find on flickr!

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    Converse and Bowling Shirts

    • 20/Jan/2008 15:24:07

    this should be in the strobist pool ;)

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    Dita2711

    • 25/Jan/2008 10:05:02

    You mean women can be pretty, AND smart as well?.....Love it. Great image.

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    handpainter

    • 15/Feb/2008 19:25:59

    Cool, this is the very job my mom had during WW2.

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    difficult reward

    • 15/Oct/2008 21:38:13

    Please, you are invited to insert yours clik in the group Sempre clik view the group rules

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    personne.de.chandigarh

    • 17/Oct/2008 03:01:43

    A nostalgic image from the era of piston aero engines.

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    LucaRam (contattami su ipernity)

    • 30/Oct/2008 23:12:18

    Ciao, sono amministratore di un gruppo chiamato Non stiamo a pettinare le bambole. New Contest Sogno / Dream. Ci farebbe piacere aggiungere l’elemento al gruppo.

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    Little Boffin (PeterEdin)

    • 06/Nov/2008 07:57:59

    Looks like a Pratt & Whitnet Wasp getting fitted to a DC-3 :-)

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    terrific lake

    • 12/Nov/2008 09:13:53

    Great shot

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    bushpig [goph51]

    • 14/Nov/2008 07:44:51

    probably Bearcat?

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    TARIQ HAMEED SULEMANI

    • 17/Nov/2008 08:30:32

    interesting shot I am admin of this group called Concordians. We would love it for you to share your pictorial moments with us. Concordians please tag your picture"concordians"

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    The Library of Congress

    • 18/Nov/2008 22:09:03

    thsulemani/TARIQ: We received your request to have a Library of Congress photo added to your group: Concordians. Please click on the "Invite this photo to..." link below the comment box and we'll accept it.

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    FrankGuido

    • 21/Nov/2008 03:45:08

    greta stuff -- Seen on my Flickr home page. (?)

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    mrsmsgrfx: SandraStein

    • 21/Nov/2008 05:06:51

    Ditto Handpainter! My Mom worked right alongside Rosie, they don't get enough credit for their hard work! You know why they were so invaluable? Their hands were smaller and could fit in places their male counterparts couldn't reach ;) I love seeing these pix!

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    Gata Púrpura ॐ

    • 25/Nov/2008 15:08:53

    Hola, soy el administrador de un grupo llamado www.flickr.com/groups/[email protected]/ y nos encantaría agregar esto al grupo. Wonderful image and information!

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    relieved boat

    • 02/Dec/2008 22:45:06

    Wow! Congrat.

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    john hicks

    • 10/Dec/2008 06:01:42

    i live in long beach. w00t

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    narrow bird

    • 18/Dec/2008 03:13:12

    I wonder if that was what they actually wore then to do the work

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    Carlos Andrés Rivera

    • 19/Dec/2008 21:45:54

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called !! Aviacion 100% !!, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    Dant_'3zr

    • 03/Jan/2009 18:00:17

    شياااطين هاذيلا ... مب انا ماعرف افور بيضه

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    photonut-mi

    • 06/Jan/2009 01:06:40

    maybe we should be making more personal aircraft similar to this instead of multipassenger behemoths these days Looks like they'ed be fun to fly in.

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    steven gerrard ™

    • 21/Jan/2009 08:40:01

    ;))

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    nikitin sasha

    • 02/Feb/2009 12:46:07

    great!!!

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    docpi

    • 05/Feb/2009 04:24:02

    It is after some consideration about proper and useful working postures that I have come to the conclusion that the pose is too artificial to be realistic. Especially the forceps arms impose quite a sense of impracticality. "It's all for the camera, darling. Gotta make engineering work interesting for the reading public."

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    jelipebmxer

    • 05/Feb/2009 05:38:13

    AJUA!!

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    Rod van Ausdall

    • 13/Feb/2009 03:17:39

    The left arm could easily be pulling an element aside while the right makes an adjustment.

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    docpi

    • 13/Feb/2009 05:08:12

    Could be, 1 Rod, could be. I was wondering how agile you can be and how much leverage you can exert when working with such outstreched arms, and how much visual feedback you can get at that distance and from that perspective. That just does not appear to be an effective posture for engineering work. The male instructor supervising the work from above, appearing into view like an intervening supreme heavenly being in conjunction with the caption give the picture subtones of patronizing condescendence, not of defiant confidence and proud heroism. But thenm you see, this was the 1940s, so nobody really noticed. Maybe it even matched expectations or it was what you could dare to depict within the narrow limits of allowable - and under the circumstances of those times - necessary emancipation.

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    Rod van Ausdall

    • 13/Feb/2009 12:25:28

    As a combat vet of WWII (Yes, I understand about the forties) perhaps I was "taking sides"; however as a working engineer and one who worked on rockets, in some tough positions, I think the posture not all that unrealistic. My sister worked in a "war plant" when I was in the millitary. Peace.

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    photonut-mi

    • 13/Feb/2009 13:10:02

    after reading others comments. and rechecking this photo . I'd bet the photographer caught them working on the project and perhaps they were focused on the job at hand and not on the photo shooter. I'd say she was using left hand for balance and holding a wrench on right hand so the other worker could tighten a nut that would be critical to be tight in use of engine. Thanks to all those dedicated people who all worked together to solve problems in Manufacturing.

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    Q.T.R_B.o.y ▒ M.A.D.R.I.D.I ▒

    • 17/Feb/2009 05:26:12

    Beuatiful shot This photo has been selected for ! Please add this photo to QaTaR-pHoto Group !

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    OneSum

    • 02/Mar/2009 20:21:08

    Warm Greetings: After WWII, my father returned home and began cross country truck driving, later completed college schooling as an artisit, and technical illustrator. When I was still young (but old enough to remember), he'd take me to work with him on occassion at the Brooklyn Ship Yards, where my father was on government contract. I remember seeing the huge ships that were under construction there- just as awesome as the photo above. In later years we moved to Long Island, lived a stone's throw from Grumman's air filed and aircraft manufacturers; it was a common sight to see full scale plane construction of transport, and new jet planes rolling off the assembly line. It also served as a test field. We also lived close to the active military base at Mitchell Field, between Uniondale and Garden City/ Westbury, NY- I visited these places and it was amazing to go in the hangers and see huge engines, huge transport planes, jets, and fighter planes on the tarmac, some of which rumbled the ground and broke the sound barrier over our homes! The mechanics we met would explain how critical their jobs were, in keeping the planes in shape, and ready to take flight at a moments notice. During the war years, women played an enormous part in the war effort. This photo brings many memories to mind... Fantastic!

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    medical bicycle

    • 06/Mar/2009 18:46:27

    This is a beautiful catch. OFFICIAL INVITATION Post 1 and comment on 3 photos posted just before you. Give your votes here for competition of BEST PHOTOGRAPHER of Feb '09.

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    danagraves

    • 07/Mar/2009 06:24:44

    How Remarkably Wonderful!!!

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    Lú_

    • 07/Mar/2009 19:47:42

    This image has been included in the Indicommons.org post Women across the Commons, prior to International Women's Day. indicommons.org badge

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    chiang arthur

    • 17/Mar/2009 14:38:03

    Fantastic image.

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    Sareni

    • 22/Mar/2009 17:02:06

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called The world of photography, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    midntecakefactory

    • 22/Mar/2009 22:55:12

    In the thumbnail print, it looks like the assistant and the Magician launching a 'cake' into the audience. I'm glad I looked at the full size photo. Fun comments.

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    Soleil is me.

    • 27/Mar/2009 21:47:04

    wow, this image from year 1940! before I was born several years. Congrats; An interesting image:) Gorgeous and great presentation among a million on flickr.com. This photo is the inspiration:) Thank you for sharing such a fine photo. I pleasure and honor to give the awards. Feel free to display to My amazing groups; SPLENDID PHOTO... YOUR PHOTO WINS THE BEST IN THE INSPIRE GROUP. INSPIRE... Invite ONLY... You are INVITED to display this wonderful photo in the INSPIRE Pool, and give the awards to your best friends. Honor to invite you to be happy at:- SPLENDID PHOTO...YOUR PHOTO IS INVITED TO MY SPECIAL GALLERY The door of wisdom are never shut but seldom opened. Kornrawiee’s Gallery...Invite ONLY

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    Zombie37

    • 27/Mar/2009 22:26:49

    I love it! -- Seen on my Flickr home page. (?)

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    gentle competition

    • 01/Apr/2009 20:27:30

    About bloody time !!! ............Great shot !!

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    José Moraes

    • 01/Apr/2009 23:18:57

    great shot!!!

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    Mayo Luna

    • 03/Apr/2009 20:37:59

    Es una foto preciosa.

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    jrbabbitt

    • 04/Apr/2009 00:20:29

    I used to work in that very same building (Bldg 12) years ago, it has been since torn down and most of the plant gone.

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    salMan_United

    • 08/Apr/2009 11:08:49

    cool maintenance rocks!! :):):)

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    i_love_my_self36

    • 10/Apr/2009 08:31:46

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    memkee

    • 10/Apr/2009 21:05:46

    techno ladies are awesome.... great capture

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    Gujjama

    • 12/Apr/2009 12:33:07

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Nation Of Domination. (We Rule The Universe), and we'd love to have this added to the group! I love muslims people.............

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    thoát xác =))

    • 16/Apr/2009 06:59:39

    omg :x

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    gTarded

    • 19/Apr/2009 20:03:09

    I love training women!

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    U A Satish

    • 28/Apr/2009 09:34:35

    Cracking shot!

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    POLI71

    • 03/May/2009 09:32:48

    ; )

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    cheerful wheel

    • 05/May/2009 09:52:00

    I am the administrator and will send you an invitation / Invitación The photo is beautiful and sooo Cool :-))))) www.flickr.com/groups/fascination_of_life_and_love/ Besuch uns einfach, wir freuen uns um jeden Zuwachs. Visit us, we look forward to any growth. Invitation / Invitación / Einladung / Invito / Convite / Uitnodiging / Приглашение /招待 Question whether you want to join the group. Frage: ob Du der Gruppe beitreten möchtest. You're welcome in the group / Du bist Willkommen in der Gruppe / Bienvenue dans le groupe / Benvenuti al gruppo / Usted es bienvenido en el grupo / Você é bem-vinda no grupo

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    Sanjeev Syal

    • 10/May/2009 04:53:24

    excellent shot..!!!

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    Green-Ghost

    • 12/May/2009 18:25:30

    Super Photograph! Very informative.

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    .:CosmicGirl:.

    • 19/May/2009 05:46:05

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called º::º::º C O S M I C º::º::º, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    cheerful wheel

    • 22/May/2009 09:18:35

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Fascination of life and love, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    RougeRibbon

    • 22/May/2009 09:33:33

    Wauww! Very very nice!

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    mathewsmtr

    • 26/May/2009 00:57:36

    Fantastic! Fantastic! Fantastic! Fantastic! Fantastic!

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    obtainable wish

    • 01/Jun/2009 04:49:34

    Nice Shot! Post 1 award 5 orange From Nice Shot! Group

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    Mortan Guerieri

    • 08/Jun/2009 12:58:37

    magnifica

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    RichardDemingPhotography

    • 19/Jun/2009 11:35:49

    Very cool shot....Love to see more..~!

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    secret square

    • 27/Jun/2009 02:40:37

    looks like add material or "Uncle Sam' wants you stuff. Great photo!

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    CandyCigarette

    • 28/Jun/2009 13:36:28

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called I feel like I'm part of a book I read., and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    giant voyage

    • 07/Jul/2009 02:18:11

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Pink Bat [Post 1 Comment 2], and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    dw ork

    • 15/Jul/2009 01:24:44

    Fantastic shot and processing बढ़िया शॉट और प्रसंस्करण

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    madly bell

    • 21/Jul/2009 21:54:29

    Very interesting find. Seen on my Flickr home page. (?²ˣ)

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    Rev.. Dr. Disney Wizard

    • 27/Jul/2009 06:40:41

    My mother worked at that plant, on Lakewood Bl. and Carson, within the Long Beach Airport complex, in the 1960's. Boeing bought it, stripped the programs and the plant, and now it's a dusty vacant lot.

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    RichardDemingPhotography

    • 27/Jul/2009 11:35:04

    America has lost it's drive to build things in lieu of profits and the almighty dollar and no one will just say STOP..~!

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    Muhammad Ramzan

    • 30/Jul/2009 14:29:39

    wondeful Very Beautiful shot.

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    Christopher Anderlik

    • 06/Aug/2009 11:44:08

    ne gute arbeit - sieht sehr gut aus

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    reyfocus

    • 10/Aug/2009 23:54:43

    Jean Dieuzaide – Concorde Essai de Freinge - 1968 Hi, I'am the admin of the new group Art'flighing Machines dedicated to an artistic approach of flighing things It would be an honour to have your picture into this group

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    叶青牙

    • 14/Aug/2009 08:45:45

    好漂亮 我喜欢

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    Mariane Maia

    • 19/Aug/2009 16:18:25

    Parabéns pelo dia mundial da fotografia ! Você também faz parte dessa história. Bela foto. Congratulations by the day world of photography! You also part of this story. Nice photo. Mariane Maia.

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    WillJL

    • 15/Sep/2009 05:01:57

    America just up and got hardcore during WWII, didn't we?

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    material weight

    • 24/Sep/2009 13:45:55

    succesful edit.congrats !...

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    Kiril Jordanoski

    • 19/Oct/2009 16:51:11

    NICE!!!

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    Muhammad Ramzan

    • 25/Oct/2009 20:40:44

    Beautiful.Vrey nice

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    Jessica.Cantù

    • 11/Nov/2009 09:58:08

    love it

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    AAprendiz de novato

    • 21/Nov/2009 18:19:59

    excelent shot!! great!!

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    larisdomea

    • 06/Dec/2009 14:20:42

    Magnífica !!!

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    Blueberry Bl♥nde

    • 21/Dec/2009 17:55:32

    when the image was small (before i clicked on it) it looked as if she was dancing with a telescope and there were stars in the background, perhaps at a museum...

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    Nuragic Man~A bit less busy

    • 29/Dec/2009 20:27:52

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called ***All beautiful shots and many more. (Invited photos only).*, and we'd love to have this added to the group! Thanks.

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    hurried dime

    • 30/Dec/2009 05:00:49

    Super old shot!! Visto en All beautiful shots and many more. sarah-brightman-fairy Todas las cosas son hermosas a los ojos sinceros.

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    Nuragic Man~A bit less busy

    • 30/Dec/2009 06:58:05

    Visto en All beautiful shots and many more. sarah-brightman-fairy Todas las cosas son hermosas a los ojos sinceros

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    Broken Toy Shop

    • 01/Jan/2010 06:02:22

    There are a lot excellent features in this shot.

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    Trantoe.

    • 02/Jan/2010 18:05:14

    Tramma tree to me, but where's the Mudda at.

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    shiny title

    • 06/Jan/2010 22:37:26

    I am admin for a group called magical beauty we'd love to have this added to the group! Magical Beauty please tag your picture"magical beauty"

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    reyfocus

    • 29/Jan/2010 16:11:48

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Art' Flying Machines, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    alike silk

    • 31/Jan/2010 20:14:39

    very nice shot

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    Azarbhaijaan

    • 28/Feb/2010 20:18:53

    I thought its time machine!

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    conscious duck

    • 15/Mar/2010 05:46:47

    the happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. NICE JOP

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    GenaJWare

    • 18/May/2010 08:37:19

    wondeful Very Beautiful shot

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    Syahrin Nazri

    • 26/May/2010 13:24:09

    nice one!!!! great work!!! please visit www.flickr.com/photos/syahrinnazri/

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    istilllikeastronomy

    • 04/Jun/2010 03:02:22

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called †Platform, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    bonnevillebob

    • 12/Jun/2010 04:27:58

    Pratt Whitney r-2800 18 cylinder engine?

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    Kreatywni Kreatywnie My

    • 15/Jun/2010 19:28:54

    nice shot great work

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    herrbelial

    • 16/Jun/2010 19:05:17

    cool engine

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    BrokenBoneBeads

    • 10/Jul/2010 02:43:58

    Awesome shoes.

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    Fred from Seattle

    • 14/Jul/2010 11:49:32

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called World War 2 pinup girls, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    frankdom

    • 17/Jul/2010 16:53:18

    but what you are not taking into account is the photography of the day. Flash bulbs dangerous in inflammable sites. But what exactly is the plane. still its a great picture.

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    frankdom

    • 17/Jul/2010 17:00:36

    why is the lassie not wearing headgear----surely essential safety measure?

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    haydee11

    • 04/Aug/2010 16:16:02

    :)

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    oknation

    • 05/Aug/2010 12:19:57

    WoW !!!

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    Colin Howell

    • 02/Oct/2020 19:11:47

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/bobel1165 Nope, that's a Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp. 14 cylinders, not 18, but still twin-row. For a C-47 transport (military DC-3).

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    Colin Howell

    • 02/Oct/2020 19:20:46

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] The plane was a Douglas C-47 Skytrain transport, the military version of the DC-3. They were built by the thousands during World War 2, both in Douglas's Long Beach plant shown here and in other plants. Many went on to have long careers in airline service, still using engines like this.

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    Flickr

    • 25/Mar/2021 04:16:49

    Congrats on Explore! ⭐ March 24, 2021

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    gato-gato-gato

    • 25/Mar/2021 07:31:05

    Cooles Bild, gefällt mir.

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    incognito7nyc

    • 25/Mar/2021 11:31:48

    ✨🌟★❤✯♥♡✨ Very beautiful ✨♡♥✯❤★🌟✨

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    le cabri

    • 26/Mar/2021 01:15:04

    Great one