The shipyards in Richmond weren’t the only industrial center turning out goods for the military at a record pace.
The workers at the Boeing plant in Seattle took time out in May 1942 to celebrate completing the 5,000th B-17, the famed “flying fortress.”
Employees wrote their names on the fuselage (below, note the worker peering out from the gunner’s bubble in the nose of the plane).
The brief ceremony concluded with the workers pushing the plane out of the factory instead of the usual tractor. “Then it was back to work,” ends the caption.