Lancaster Production Details

The Lancaster follows the rules laid down for most heavy aircraft, being built up in three main divisions — fuselage, wings and tail, which in turn consist of 36 subassemblies, 6 for the fuselage, 8 for the tail, 1 for the tail turret, 17 for the wings and 4 for the engine nacelles. Only one in ten of the workers employed is skilled, and four out of every ten are women, working an average of 64 and 57 hr on alternate weeks.

A saving in labor results from the use of special castings for the landing gear, and while construction details mostly point to the wish to facilitate production, this has been achieved without detracting in any way from the operational value of the plane.

This article was originally published as part of the "Aviation Abroad" column in the November, 1942, issue of Aviation magazine, vol 41, no 11, p 261.