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

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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

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  1. lavardera 88 months ago | reply

    I think that's a rivet gun, not a hand drill.

  2. The Library of Congress 87 months ago | reply

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

  3. reckel1 87 months ago | reply

    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..

  4. Hamsta180 73 months ago | reply

    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.

  5. krylonultraflat 72 months ago | reply

    Also - you should link to the other image of this woman here: www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/2179038448/in/s...

    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.

  6. campbellcierra 72 months ago | reply

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

  7. ako253 65 months ago | reply

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

  8. nextstar14 65 months ago | reply

    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.

  9. Wegothim 56 months ago | reply

    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.

  10. Hamsta180 55 months ago | reply

    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.

  11. Wegothim 55 months ago | reply

    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 :)

  12. lavardera 55 months ago | reply

    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.

  13. Hamsta180 55 months ago | reply

    Alright, I concede, I guess you guys are right about it being electrical.

  14. lavardera 55 months ago | reply

    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.

  15. Wegothim 55 months ago | reply

    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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