"Business as usual" is a forgotten archaic expression at the Boeing Aircraft Co. plant in Seattle. Already in operation 23 hours a day, seven days a week, workers were so electrified by Japan's sudden assault in the neighboring Pacific that Boeing's accelerated delivery schedules were exceeded 70 percent during December.
Banners overhead reading "Remember Pearl Harbor" insistently remind every worker that taking shape in his very hands are the pieces of the instruments which may well prove the first line of defense for all he holds worthwhile in life. He knows beyond doubt that his Flying Fortresses represent the balance of power which eventually will decide the issue between the two armed camps in this world-wide struggle.
On their bulletin boards last month, these representative American workers found this cheering New Year's message from Brig Gen George C Kenney, Air Corps Material Division, US Army Air Corps.
He wired as follows:
"The Boeing Company has responded to the emergency in an unparalleled manner and each and every man in the organization is to be congratulated on his part in increasing the plant's output."
This article was originally published in the February, 1942, issue of Aviation magazine, vol 41, no 2, p 113.
The PDF of this article [ PDF, 4.3 MiB ] includes a flight shot of a B-17E from 3 o'clock slightly below level and four photos of subassemblies and final assembly of the plane on the factory floor.
One photo is credited as released by the War Department; the photos are probably from Boeing, but are not credited.