Operating a hand drill at Vultee-Nashville, woman is working on a "Vengeance" dive bomber, Tennessee (LOC)

Palmer, Alfred T.,, photographer.


Operating a hand drill at Vultee-Nashville, woman is working on a "Vengeance" dive bomber, Tennessee


1943 Feb.


1 transparency : color.



Title from FSA or OWI agency caption.

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



Airplane industry


World War, 1939-1945



United States--Tennessee--Nashville


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 12002-41 (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.1a35373


Call Number: LC-USW36-301



  • Greg La Vardera 7y

    I think that's a rivet gun, not a hand drill.
  • The Library of Congress 7y

    Thanks! For now, we’re gathering the suggestions and corrections, but holding off on making changes until more comments come in.
  • reckel1 7y

    Definitely a drill - note electric cable and the actual bit between the open fingers.
    This looks more like a training jig where a "bad" rivet is drilled out and replaced. Rarely is work so convenient..
  • Itamar Reiner 6y

    I'm pretty sure it's Pnuematic, (air pressure) I used virtually the same thing when I was a mechanic for the Israeli Air Force working on F-16a/b's

    While a drill bit may be installed, I believe it is used as a screwdriver here. Screws are used in panels which would need to be opened frequently for repairs.
  • john spain 6y

    Also - you should link to the other image of this woman here:
    Operating a hand drill at Vultee-Nashville, woman is working on a "Vengeance" dive bomber, Tennessee  (LOC) by The Library of Congress

    This is more of a snapshot that gives the woman's identity; the other photo is more of a work of art. Both are gorgeous.
  • campbellcierra 6y

    I her smile here, and the fact that she is doing something positive for the world.
  • ako253 5y

    Absolutely beautiful and empowering. Interesting to compare to a more popular image. I wish more photos like this were shown in the classroom.
  • nextstar14 5y

    This is a very inspiring photo because is shows the equality job opportunities for women regards of their gender. This photo shows the resilience of women to fight for equal job opportunities as men and that women have the capability to do the same jobs as men. I really like this photo.
  • Joan 5y

    Hamsta180, I think it is electrical. Look at the protective boot for the electrical cable right below the drill. Also, air powered machines normally have a quick disconnect on the hose-machine link and the hose should be larger O.D.
    Just my 2 cents.
  • Itamar Reiner 5y


    The quick disconnect is on the other side of the tube, which can be seen as the air hose rises behind her.

    Here's a photo of another riveter, this one with a quick disconnect at the tool, which has a hose with a similar diameter.
  • Joan 5y

    Hamsta180, I cannot agree. The hose on the machine which you provide the link is much larger, and that is, an air hose.
    But the discussion lead to a very nice picture that is the benefit :)
  • Greg La Vardera 5y

    Its electric - the vents in the housing are for cooling the electric motor, typically a small fan on the end of the motor shaft behind those vents.

    She is likely drilling - counter-sinking the holes for flush rivets. Although there are rivet driver attachments for drills, in a factory setting they would probably have used an air-driven rivet hammer tool.
  • Itamar Reiner 5y

    Greg La Vardera Joan Alright, I concede, I guess you guys are right about it being electrical.
  • Greg La Vardera 5y

    I went back and forth on it because you were right about the size of the cord etc. Its only because the air hose in the background looks red, and the chord at the drill looks black that I changed my mind.
  • Joan 5y

    These old windings from WWII had a specific smell when operated, coupled with the Bakelite. Then the Japaneese came on the market with a different plastic smell, and now the Chineese machines...
    They all smell different because of the base materials !
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