Incredible Video: This 1942 Film Takes Us From Casting To Finished Product At A Curtiss-Wright Airplane Engine Factory


Incredible Video: This 1942 Film Takes Us From Casting To Finished Product At A Curtiss-Wright Airplane Engine Factory

This is the coolest engine building video we have ever found and showed you. Why? It is the start to end process of building Curtiss-Wright Cyclone radial airplane engines during WWII. We get to see the guys in the foundry making the sand molds, we get to see machining operations, assembly operations, and we get to see just how much of this work was done by human beings…all of it.

Curtiss-Wright experienced the type of insane growth and expansion during the early 1940s that few other industrial entities in the country could have handled. They went from a single factory to five factories in the span of less than two years. Their engines were what were powering so many Allied aircraft, aircraft that would be shot at, shot down, and shot up, that they needed to build engines at lightning pace. The way you did that in the 1940s was to get more people, get more material, and get more machines.

Hell, we even get to see the freaking tool makers, guys who are made into heroes, highlighted as the guys who make the things that determine the overall quality and finish of the engine. It made the hair on our neck stand as we watched and heard how the workers are talked about and respected.

This is literally the coolest engine video we have ever seen. Not just because of the stuff we see, but the way it is shown, explained, and celebrated. Just fantastic stuff that is worth every minute of your time.


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2 thoughts on “Incredible Video: This 1942 Film Takes Us From Casting To Finished Product At A Curtiss-Wright Airplane Engine Factory

  1. john

    If this was the Lockland, Oh. plant (a suburb of Cincinnati ) several Army Airforce officers were court marshalled over passing on defective engines to the Army Aircorp. Interesting…

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  2. Loren

    The above-mentioned incident the subject of Arthur Miller’s first successful play which was an interesting story of American life at the time: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_My_Sons

    142,840 aircraft engines produced during the war, each with how-many of those cylinder castings, and all the careful machining and assembly? Flat amazing, the human effort and organization.

    With so much focus on getting out the massive production for the WWII, Curtis-Wright wasn’t ready to adapt to the jet age and would suffer for it later. Still, I would have loved to walk into that factory in the war years with my lunch in a box, punch a time card and be involved in that effort. Back home away from the front, it was our factories vs. the enemy’s and whoever provided the troops with the most and the best was going to be the winner.

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