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1943 - new windowless aircraft plant eliminated two hundred tons of critical materials by the use of non-metallic lighting reflectors and 4-lamp in the fluorescent lighting mechanism

WINDOWLESS AIRCRAFT PLANT

CD 1963091 E&MP 25.030

Electric Lamps

4/4/43

Austin Company engineers who designed this new windowless aircraft plant in Oklahoma eliminated two hundred tons of critical materials by the use of non-metallic lighting reflectors and 4-lamp instead of 2-lamp ballasts in the fluorescent lighting mechanism.

The reflectors are masonite with synthetic white enamel surface and provide better than 55' candles of illumination throughout the working area which has a floor of white cement. They extend in continuous rows through the full length of this wide assembly bay, where Douglas Aircraft Company, Inc. is already producing C-47 Skytrains.

This plant, probably the worlds largest masonry structure with 17,000,000 common brick in its "breathing" walls, was started just a year ago and was erected under supervision of the U.S. Army Engineers.

It is a completely integrated manufacturing unit, with all essential facilities for parts manufacture as well as assembly of aircraft.


Original Caption by Science Service
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