Tuesday, August 04, 2015

B 29, the exploded view, illustrates graphically the Boeing multiline system of production in which major units of the giant bombers are brought together in the final assembly stages, each pre-completed, including installation of electrical apparatus, wiring, tubing, instruments, upholstery, etc., and much of the flying and fighting equipment


To facilitate the fabrication of such a huge airplane, Boeing engineers teamed up with Boeing production experts in a program of 'breaking down' the design into major units so that the multiline system used so successfully in production of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress could be adapted to the big Superfortress. This plan enabled the Wichita Division to get into B-29 production more than a year ago, and in succeeding months to meet--even exceed--the urgent delivery schedules set up by the Army Air Forces. B-29 sections are shown ready to 'fall' into position for a completed Superfortress in the photograph which was 'staged' with the units mounted on dollies and suspended from cranes.

Found on http://digitalcollections.detroitpubliclibrary.org/islandora/object/islandora%3A201929 

the B 29 assembly plant in Wichita Kansas

a wide variety of delivery vehicles from 100-115 years ago


above,  an Autocar



wow, unusual. Looks like the inspiration for the Zamboni



Detroit Electric


they used NAPTHA? I'm not sure what they use now since "Martinizing" is the customary method



3 wheels!

all from http://digitalcollections.detroitpubliclibrary.org/

most ornate C-cab I've seen, it's a White Steamer

Auburn distributor at Cleveland has found that customers object to having their cars driven from the factory for delivery, because they want to be the first one to drive their car. So the manager trucks all his cars from Connersville, Indiana to his Cleveland showroom.

some dummy accidentally actuated the foam fire system (this happens somewhere in the US, at least once a year)

Nothing could catch him, but cancer. RIP Bo Huff

Board track racer Gaston Chevrolet


Gaston Chevrolet, at one of the many board tracks of the late 1910's and '20's in one of his Frontenacs with the distinctive flower petal nose. Notice that the boards in the pits were laid broad side up, while on the track, for added strength, the boards were laid on edge.

found on https://www.facebook.com/indianaracingmemorialassociation?fref=photo

1914 Indian-powered board track racer that ran at Chicago Speedway, Des Moines Speedway and in Elgin, Ill., from 1914-1918.

how did this get explained to the boss? And how int he world did they get that unstuck?