Sunday, July 21, 2013

Working on the P-39

One of the aircraft that dad worked on during the war was the Bell P-39.  For its time period it was a complex machine with many high technology parts.  To make sense of the airplane and aid mechanics in  the job of maintaining the aircraft Bell published repair and installation manuals.  The image you see here is the cover of the windshield installation manual.  The manual shows in great detail the interior construction of the cockpit and how an amazing amount of hand labor went into the installation of the window glass.  The front cover features an engraving of the propeller and front of the aircraft.

Installation of Windshield Glass on Airacobra Airplanes
Bell Aircraft Corporation

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