Bomber aircraft production by the Ford Motor Company in the United States at the Willow Run plant between Ypsilanti and Belleville Michigan. Henry Ford and Edsel Ford sitting on a wall, conversing. A building under construction in the background. A sign on the building reads: 'United States National Defense Willow Run Airplane Plant, Dedicated June 16, 1941. Designed and erected for Bomber Production by Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford Founder-Edsel Ford President'. A United States Army Air Force B-24 Liberator bomber flying over a field. A group of workers posing outside the plant with a new bomber. The group includes Henry Ford II and Army Officers. Henry Ford II signing his name on the side of the last bomber built at Willow Run Several other people signing. Women workers signing. A crowd around the bomber. Aerial views of the plant.
Production of Ford B-24 aircraft in Michigan, United States during World War 2. Ford B-24 aircraft in flight. Interiors of the Ford Willow Run aircraft manufacturing plant. B-24 bombers on an assembly line. Men and women work on the assembly line, wiring. Workers install canopy, tail section and motors. A landing gear as an aircraft moves on the assembly line. Propellers being installed. Workers polish a finished airplane. A woman cleans a bombardier's window.
View of the Ford Willow Run Bomber Plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Henry Ford in conversation with the British and American supply heads, Oliver Littleton and Donald Nelson. A B-24 bomber in the background. The touring party visits assembly line of the Ford Tank Plant. Several tanks roll out of the plant. In Washington DC China's Foreign Minister TV Soong concludes a land lease agreement with the U.S. Secretary of the State, Hall. On the Pacific Coast workers of a bomber plant are visited by the American Hero of War, General James Doolittle. General addresses the workers. The workers applaud and cheer. General Doolittle smiles and poses.
The production of aircrafts in the United States during World War II. Belleville Michigan: grid construction of probably the Willow Run plant by the Ford motor company for making the Consolidated B-24 Liberator. Downey California: airplane assembly line at the Vultee Airplane plant. Worker wearing a mask as he works. Front of the plane being carried. Workers work on different parts of the aircraft. Burbank California: assembly lines at the Lockheed aircraft corporation. Bodies of the bomber aircraft in a row. Workers work on the production line of the Lockheed bomber. The Lockheed P-38 lightning aircraft being assembled. The Lockheed P-38 lightning aircraft taxis in front of the aircraft stationed. Aircraft in flight.
A tug pulls the "Lucky 7," the 7,000th Ford Liberator bomber (B-24) from a hangar at the Ford Willow Run plant. Views of the "Lucky 7," on the tarmac with other B-24s. scene shifts to an earlier period, showing a B-24 with labeling on its fuselage, reading: "5000th Ford Built Liberator." Henry Ford, in a straw hat, handles some papers with a British officer, as his grandson, Henry Ford, II, and an American military officer, stand nearby. Plant manager,Mead L. Bricker, is seen momentarily, at left of the group. Henry Ford shakes hands with the British officer. Closeup views of aircraft's engine and propeller with Hamilton Standard logos displayed on propeller blades. View of the aircraft's leading edge deicers (boots) and the "Lucky 7" sign painted on its fuselage. Closeup shows signatures of Henry Ford and Henry Ford II, next to the large painted 5000th sign. Change of scene to a later time, showing the 8000th Ford built B-24 Liberator bomber. It is labeled: "Ford's 8000th Liberator,"and displays "8" intertwined with the letter "V." U.S. Army Air Forces officers and Henry Ford,II, along with Ford executives, including plant manager, Mead L. Bricker, pose in front of the B-24. Henry Ford,II (using his left hand) scribes a line with a pen, under the bottom of the "V," and poses for the camera.
Women walk past buildings. Women are riveting. View of partially completed bombers in Willow Run Plant. Women do various jobs in plant like that of crane operator, jigsaw operator and shaping plastic bubble. View in cafeteria. Workers receive food. Workers eat. View of training school library. Bombers in plant. View of partially completed fuselage. Women workers work on airplane engine, fuselage, tail section and painting plane. Liberators taxi out of plant. Liberators in flight.